* Bush admits torture to gain information regarding the anthrax attacks
Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 29, 2009
Eartha Jane Melzer of the Michigan Messenger writes (5-29-09) …
- Former President George W. Bush, in a nearly 90-minute-long unscripted address to the local economic development club in this down-trodden southwest Michigan city (Benton Harbor), said Thursday evening he was honored to have served during “some unusual times,” making repeated references to the challenges he faced as commander in chief amid the “fog of war.”
- … the former president spoke indirectly of his administration’s authorization of the use of torture against detainees captured during the War on Terror, avoiding the words “torture” and “abuse.”
- “You have to make tough decisions,” Bush said. “They’ve captured a guy who murdered 3,000 citizens … that affected me … They come in and say he may have more information
- …and we had an anthrax attack … and they say he may have more information. What do you do?“
- Bush was firm and defended his record as president: “I will tell you that the information gained saved lives.”
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LMW COMMENT …
It sure seems like former President Bush has admitted torturing a prisoner to gain information about the anthrax attacks.
How can this be reconciled with the FBI’s determination, very early on, that the anthrax used in the attacks came from a U.S. lab? Or the FBI’s current insistence that USAMRIID scientist Dr. Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator of the 2001 attacks?
What Bush (and Cheney) were doing, in my view, was trying desperately to tie the anthrax attacks to Saddam Hussein, in order to add another justification for invading Iraq.
If this is true, Bush and Cheney tortured, not to save lives, but to justify a war of choice that has so far killed over 4,ooo Americans and many tens of thousands of Iraqis, while advancing no discernible national interest.
Questions that cry out to be answered.
Who was tortured in connection with the anthrax attacks?
Who did the torturing? (FBI Director Meuller has said the FBI did not torture anyone)
What questions were asked? What information was gained?
Was the information obtained by torture shared with the FBI (assuming it wasn’t them doing the torturing)?
What was done with that information?
In my new novel CASE CLOSED, I present a fictional scenario to explain why the FBI failed to solve the 2001 anthrax case. My theory is that the FBI failed to solve the case because they were told not to. Who would have the power to squelch an FBI investigation in a mass murder carried out in a terrorist fashion? Why?