Waterboarding: Not As Much Fun As It Sounds

May 22, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Posted in torture | Leave a comment
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Who was authorizing waterboarding in 2002, before the Justice Department memos were written?

(NPR) One source with knowledge of Zubaydah’s interrogations agreed to describe the legal guidance process, on the condition of anonymity.

The source says nearly every day, Mitchell would sit at his computer and write a top-secret cable to the CIA’s counterterrorism center. Each day, Mitchell would request permission to use enhanced interrogation techniques on Zubaydah. The source says the CIA would then forward the request to the White House, where White House counsel Alberto Gonzales would sign off on the technique. That would provide the administration’s legal blessing for Mitchell to increase the pressure on Zubaydah in the next interrogation.

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