Reflections from the dark side

April 21, 2008 — 1 Comment

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photo by Bob Parker © 2008
Quote by Italo Calvino from Invisible Cities, p145

Thanks to the ACLU and the Freedom of Information Act, recent confirmations have come to light that top Bush administration aides, actively overseen by the Vice-President and fully sanctioned by the President, drafted the legal opinions needed by President Bush to legally use methods of torture in its war of terror. Until early April, plausible deniability stood firm as evidence was lacking confirming torture as an official policy and prerogative of executive power. The “rotten apple” position fostered by this administration has now been exposed as fraud. The 81 page memo giving the legal justification for the use of torture is dated March 14, 2003 and titled “Memorandum for William J. Haynes II, General Counsel for the Department of Defense”. It was authored by John Yoo (now at UC Berkeley law school) and Jay Bybee (now a federal judge) during their tenures in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Council. The ACLU, ABC News, Associated Press, and Vanity Fair magazine links below provide considerable detail about the establishment of torture as official US government policy in the current wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and “terror”.
The “bad barrel” thesis proposed by Stanford University social psychologist Philip Zimbardo PhD in his book “ The Lucifer Effect” has now received conclusive evidence.

For a more complete story follow these links:

The Green Light (Philippe Sands exposes the process of changing the rules on interrogations resulting in the “legalization” of torture by the highest eschelons of the White House).

Memorandum for William J. Haynes II, General Counsel for the Department of Defense — Re: Military Interrogation of Alien Unlawful Combatants Held Outside the United States (This is the full text of the 81 page memo authored by Office of the Legal Counsel John Yoo & Jay Bybee “legalizing” torture released by the government under the ACLU’s FOIA filing)

ACLU Calls For Immediate Release Of Withheld Legal Memo
Sources: Top Bush Advisors Approved ‘Enhanced Interrogation’
Cheney, others OK’d harsh interrogations
Memo: Laws Didn’t Apply to Interrogators
Top Bush Aides Pushed for Guantánamo Torture
Bush OK’d Torture Meetings

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One response to Reflections from the dark side

  1. In chapters 14 and 15 of my book, The Lucifer Effect, I detail the evidence supporting the conclusion that the abuses and torture of Iraqi detainees by Army Reserve MPs at Abu Ghraib Tier 1A was the result of their being forced to function in a “bad barrel” rather than that the abuses were the product of a few “bad apples,” or “rogue soldiers,” as the Military and Bush administration chains of commands alleged. It was a corrupted, ineffective System that created the horrendous conditions in that dungeon where good American Soldiers were put in harm’s way and then dishonorably discharged and imprisoned for their crimes –while not a single senior officer was even reprimanded. Brig. Gen. Antonio Taguba, in his detailed investigation lists the names of officers who were derelict in their duty and guilty of command ir-responsiblity (summarized in my chp. 15), was fired by hired ups for naming names! The shame of the war continues to spread and will be an enduring legacy of this administration.
    On my web site,, you can vote for the guilt or innocence of the architects of the system of abusive interrogation- George Tenet, CIA, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and George W. Bush– over 2,000 citizens have voted already.
    Phil Zimbardo

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