Posted on December 23, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
emocracy Now interviewed Lawrence Wilkerson, Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief adviser, about the explosive, recently released U.S. Senate CIA torture report. In a very strong report which points to possible serious crimes and motivations of Bush administration officials, Christmas in the Bush and Cheney households will probably not include either “holly” or “jolly”.
The report suggests that torture became used after the events of September 11, 2001 to extract false “evidence” from detainees to corroborate a link/connection between Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda, thereby justifying Colin Powell’s inclusion of that “evidence” in his infamous address to the United Nations which in essence began the disastrous Iraq War of 2003.
By now most people are aware that the argument for war in Iraq of “weapons of mass destruction” turned out as false, now the news that the Saddam, al-Qaeda connection became sought by George W. Bush days after September 11 has resulted in even more groups around the world calling for prosecution(s) of those involved in torture. Mr. Wilkerson spoke about his perception that 50% of the impetus for the “enhanced interrogation techniques” – torture – was to manufacture the Iraq, al-Qaeda connection, where logically one would believe the entire goal was preventing another attack on America.
Bush administration terrorism official Richard Clarke talks describing his experience of meeting with George W. Bush in the first days after 9/11, where he became directed by Bush to find and place the blame on Iraq, and that he (Clarke) resigned from the Bush administration shortly afterward. Clarke has since said that he thought Bush and Cheney rightly need to face accountability; charged for war crimes in starting and conducting the Iraq War. Wilkerson became asked about whether he thought George Bush and Dick Cheney should become charged with war crimes for the torture aspect, and answered that it is utopian and will probably never happen, but yes they should face prosecution.
Mr. Wilkerson pointed out a previously under-reported or ignored serious fact about the torture program: 39 people died during the interrogation process, and he asks the Democracy Now audience why that statistic is not being reported – emphasizing “We murdered people”, and that several of the deaths were classed as homicides.
When Lawrence Wilkerson was also asked by Amy Goodman if CIA Director John Brennan should be fired, his answer was that he thought John Brennan should have become terminated long ago.
The report by Democracy Now is one of many which have become produced since the release of the Senate report strongly suggesting the need for criminal charges, including a recent article in the New York Times.
So, former Bush administration officials Richard Clarke and Lawrence Wilkerson believe George W. Bush and Dick Cheney need to face charges and appropriate punishments if found guilty of committing serious war crimes – and they were there.
Although they seem to know who’s been “naughty or nice”, it’s reasonable to say neither Richard Clarke or Lawrence Wilkerson could ever possibly be mistaken for Santa Claus.
Or could they?
(Thank you to democracynow at YouTube)