US Torture After 9/11 'Indisputable': Nonpartisan Probe
Top officials to blame, says panel
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 16, 2013 10:05 AM CDT
In this photo reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, towers overlooking a US detention facility are silhouetted against a morning sunrise at Guantanamo Bay.   (AP Photo/Toronto Star, Michelle Shephard, Pool)

(Newser) – The news cycle might be focusing elsewhere, but a nonpartisan report out today offers a clear conclusion on US interrogation techniques following 9/11: "It is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture," the report says. What's more, the highest officials are to blame for the practices, it says, per the New York Times. In a move unprecedented in American history, President Bush and his administration held "considered and detailed discussions ... on the wisdom, propriety, and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody."

There's no "firm or persuasive evidence" that the torture—including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and throwing people into walls—resulted in useful intelligence that officials couldn't have otherwise learned, says the report, which is based on extensive interviews with officials and detainees. An appendix points to many cases in which the US prosecuted or condemned comparable techniques. But "as long as the debate continues, so too does the possibility that the United States could again engage in torture," the report notes. The panel was led by a Republican and a Democrat, each of whom worked in the executive branch at some point. Click for the full article.

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Apr 16, 2013 8:53 PM CDT
Who really cares? Finding and preventing more terrorism like the WTC was more important. And it was nothing like actualy torture done by Hussein in his prisons: beheadings, cutting off hands, throwing people in shredders, etc. The do gooders and girlie men in the U. S. have no sense of reality or survival.
Apr 16, 2013 3:42 PM CDT
To those of you that wish they could be a Hitler and Torture People. In Reality a mutual agreement called the Geneva Conventions were drawn up to provide humane acts toward prisoners, Domestic or foreign. Try this for a little education. It doesn't hurt to enlighten yourself to what the legal aspects of the game are, regardless of how you feel or what you might think! Don't all of you wish that our right were all gone in a flash and anyone could drag you out of you house in the middle of the night and do to you, what they wish? Well, Now that I have your attention; Try the Patiot Act, and whom created it, so they could hide their Criminal Acts behind it. This is a lot more than torture here. A prelude to the loss of any freedom we ever had! Throw all the laws out the window!! Welcome to Hilter's Germany 1930's style.
Apr 16, 2013 3:32 PM CDT
Send the whole administration to the Hague. And hang 'em high.