04 Nov Bush Admits Authorizing Waterboarding
A couple of weeks ago, New Stream Dream accused me of never believing individuals who — like Khadr and Lynne Stewart — confess to committing crimes. Well, I believe this confession:
In his book, titled “Decision Points,” Bush recounts being asked by the CIA whether it could proceed with waterboarding Mohammed, who Bush said was suspected of knowing about still-pending terrorist plots against the United States. Bush writes that his reply was “Damn right” and states that he would make the same decision again to save lives, according to a someone close to Bush who has read the book.
Sadly, because we are supposed to look forward and not backward — unlike other states, as Glenn Greenwald constantly reminds us — Bush will never be held accountable for admitting that he committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. But he certainly should be.