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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:20 PM
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Today in his radio address, President Bush announced that he had vetoed the Intelligence Authorization Act, which would ban the use of waterboarding and place the CIAs interrogation program under the dictates of the U.S. Army Field Manual.

ThinkProgress spoke with ret. Army Lt. Gen. Harry E. Soyster, who served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) during DESERT SHIELD/STORM. He called Bushs veto a mistake:

I think that he will be sending an unclear message to the troops. Gen. Petraeus has made it very clear in his letter to the troops that the standard is the Army Field Manual.

Soyster also sharply criticized McConnells defense of the techniques:

I would say that if Mike McConnell worked for me, Id fire him. That is one of the weakest arguments. The Army has a lot of good training, 10-, 18-week courses at the school. And many of our interrogators have been in the Army for 28 years. Theyre not 18-year old kids.

And the idea, in fact, these techniques (used by) the experts at the CIA waterboarding, sleep deprivation, hypothermia, whatever those techniques are it doesnt take much expertise to use those. You know, dumb guys in the Middle Ages were doing the same thing. The KGB were strong on sleep deprivation. So theres no skill required from the CIA. They may need those techniques because of their skill level. And they think that they need them.

Soyster added that one of the interrogation experts who had worked for him at the DIA laughed at the idea that anyone would be so incompetent as to have to use any of these (torture) techniques. Many interrogators, in fact, dont even go to the extend that the Field Manual authorizes, because good interrogators dont need those techniques.

Soyster also noted that the three-star commander in Afghanistan confirmed that the Army Field Manual gives him everything he needs.

UPDATE: The Gavel has respones from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as well as other military leaders.
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:22 PM
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1. kick nominated n/t
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PDJane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:24 PM
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2. These are, IMHO,
truly evil men. I have no idea why they aren't being impeached and indicted. Truly.
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thepurpose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:27 PM
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3. Well why didn't one of our the ball demo leaders call this guy to testify. For Christ sakes
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 12:51 PM
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4. This NEEDS to be overridden. For the Sake of National Honor...
(that which is in bloody shreds, courtesy of the criminal syndicate that has taken over our government)

The Evangelicals should be on this too. Surely, as Americans, we can come up with a coalition with a broad enough base to override this abomination...
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