Pride in His Work: Rove Publicly Rejoices in the Use of Torture

With President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder blocked any investigation or prosecution of those responsible for the torture program, Bush officials like Vice President Dick Cheney have been publicly celebrating the use of torture. Now, Karl Rove says that he is “proud” that the administration used torture “that broke the will of these terrorists.”

President Obama reportedly assured Bush officials before his inauguration that he would not allow anyone to be prosecuted for torture. Such a prosecution would be unpopular and the Administration has again chosen politics over principle. Assured that they will not be held accountable, Bush officials are pouring into the breach by shaping the public debate. They are misrepresenting waterboarding as legal while the Administration remains utterly silent. They know it is hard for the Administration to object that it is torture when it is protecting the very same officials from prosecution.

Rove also works to reshape history in claiming that torture succeeded in stopping terrorist attacks: “I’m proud that we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists and gave us valuable information that allowed us to foil plots such as flying airplane into Heathrow and into London, bringing down aircraft over the Pacific, flying an airplane into the tallest building in Los Angeles and other plots.”

Watching this obviously coordinated campaign on torture by Bush officials is like watching a bank robbers flashing stolen cash and buying drinks in front of a police station. The sense of utter immunity is palpable. We should be disgusted as much by the president who is protecting them as we are the president who ordered them to commit these crimes. Because of the political calculation by the Obama Administration, a war crime has become a political rallying cry.

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31 thoughts on “Pride in His Work: Rove Publicly Rejoices in the Use of Torture”

  1. I hail from the Islands below. We have known the likes of this man for years. He prefers my cousins sister other daughter. We know him as Tom in the islands, he is very much like our Uncle. As a matter of fact on occasion we have called him Uncle Tom.

    I don’t know why I felt the need to tell you. Now I did and now you know. I want to be into acting like my other cousins uncles brother. He had a sled, can you believe that. He is most famous here now. I think he was in the north some place. I hear that it gets very cold. I am not sure if it was further than Missouri but I will find out and get back to you.

  2. Torture none the less:

    Juanita Goggins Dead: Once-Revered South Carolina Lawmaker Freezes To Death Alone
    SEANNA ADCOX | 03/10/10 06:31 PM |

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — When Juanita Goggins became the first black woman elected to the South Carolina Legislature in 1974, she was hailed as a trailblazer and twice visited the president at the White House.

    Three decades later, she froze to death at age 75, a solitary figure living in a rented house four miles from the gleaming Statehouse dome.

    Goggins, whose achievements included key legislation on school funding, kindergarten and class size, had become increasingly reclusive. She spent her final years turning down help from neighbors who knew little of her history-making past. Her body was not discovered for more than a week. Goggins Dead: Once-Revered South Carolina Lawmaker Freezes To Death AloneJuanita Goggins Dead: Once-Revered South Carolina Lawmaker Freezes To Death Alone

  3. During the trial of the Nazis at Nuremberg, the chief American prosecutor, Robert H. Jackson, stated: “To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

    Find out the Names of the New World Order Supreme War Criminals in your State. They should be arrested NOT re-elected. The NWO will run their war criminal stooges under all party names. There are only 2 parties now – the Patriots and the Nazis.

  4. The CIA list again showing some members of Congress complicit in War Crimes:

    A memo has been released by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair listing 40 separate briefings beginning in September 2002 in which leading members of Congress were briefed by the CIA on the agency’s use of torture. Before the knowledge of this prisoner torture appeared in the media none of these legislators objected to or publicly protested against what amounted to War Crimes. At the following link in this CIA memo of “Member Briefings of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs)”

  5. Off topic but interesting.

    Texas education board rejects in-depth study of First Amendment

    11:01 AM CST on Friday, March 12, 2010

    By Terrence Stutz/The Dallas Morning News

    AUSTIN – Republicans on the State Board of Education soundly rejected a Democratic-backed proposal Thursday that would have required Texas students to be taught the reasons behind the prohibition of a state religion in the Bill of Rights.

    We are not all that stupid. I promise.

  6. We need a plan like the Brits. Offer bounties for nonviolent citizen’s arrests. We can start rounding up the Nazi U.S. Government leaders. They need to be in jail.

    The U.S. Government is a criminal organization. The U.S. Government has violated the same law used to prosecute and convict the Nazis at the Nuremberg Trials.

  7. These days I alweays expect these people to come out fighting. However, I am still utterly shocked to the core when they do. I guess they must think that they have nothing to lose. And bugger me – it works!

  8. Bush & his gang should ALL be prosecuted, not only as war criminals, which they are.

    But the 9-11 attack should be fully investigated, which it has not been.

    Air Force officer disciplined for saying Bush allowed September 11 attacks
    Hijacker attended US military school
    By Jerry Isaacs
    21 June 2002
    The controversy surrounding Lt. Col. Steve Butler’s letter to the editor, in which he affirmed that Bush did nothing to warn the American people because he “needed this war on terrorism,” received scant coverage in the media.

    Universally ignored by the press, however, was that the officer was not merely expressing a personal opinion. He was in a position to have direct knowledge of contacts between the US military and some of the hijackers in the period before the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon.

    Top News
    Monday, July 24, 2006
    Specter Prepping Bill to Sue Bush

    WASHINGTON (AP) – A powerful Republican committee chairman who has led the fight against President Bush’s signing statements said Monday he would have a bill ready by the end of the week allowing Congress to sue him in federal court.
    U.S. Bars Mistakenly Tortured Man From Entering Country
    Maher Arar Accepts Human Rights Award by Phone Because He Is Still on Watch List

    WASHINGTON (Oct. 19) – Syrian torturers could find nothing to implicate Canadian Maher Arar in al-Qaida or any other terrorist ties. An official Canadian government report agreed with that finding and recommended that Arar be compensated for his 10 months in a Syrian prison.
    President Bush admits approving torture
    President George Bush says he approved specific details of CIA torture methods for al-Qaida suspects.
    Torture is a criminal violation of the 1996 US War Crimes Act.
    Bush told ABC televison in an interview he was aware that senior administration officials had discussed and approved details of how high-value al-Qaida suspects would be interrogated. ABC first reported the top-level discussions Wednesday.
    Published on Thursday, November 2, 2006 by Editor & Publisher

    Revealed: U.S. Soldier Alyssa Peterson Killed Herself After Objecting to Interrogation Techniques
    The true stories of how American troops, killed in Iraq, actually died keep spilling out this week. Now we learn, thanks to a reporter’s FOIA request, that one of the first women to die in Iraq shot and killed herself after objecting to harsh “interrogation techniques.”
    Former FBI Translator Sibel Edmonds Calls Current 9/11 Investigation Inadequate
    by Jim Hogue

    “If they were to do real investigations we would see several significant high level criminal prosecutions in this country. And that is something that they are not going to let out. And, believe me; they will do everything to cover this up.”

    -Sibel Edmonds, former FBI translator
    The evidence is overwhelming!

  9. In this post, Professor Turley demonstrates why I find he has no credibility. The first two paragraphs of the article read:

    “In a BBC interview, Karl Rove, who was known as “Bush’s brain”, said he “was proud we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists”.
    He said waterboarding, which simulates drowning, should not be considered torture.”

    Professor Turley, through selective quoting, has totally misrepresented what Mr. Rove actually said.

  10. eniobob,

    I think that lady needed a Taser. I bet she would have got the cuffs on his fat wrists then.

  11. This is the kind of crap our present Justice Department wants to protect. What they protect, they own.

    In another few years we can read Attorney General Holder’s memoirs justifying his legacy of leniency.

  12. Why does no one in the Administration seem to understand that coddling war crimes (including, I might add, the crime of an”aggressive war” that has murdered tens of thousands of INNOCENT civilians) only guarantees that it will happen again?

    If Nancy Pelosi “gets” that there are some things that are worth a congressperson’s job (e.g. voting on health care, from her perspective) why does no Democrat or Republican in a position of authority seem to “get” that there are some principles that are worth sacrificing their popularity and position over?

    Where is Edmund G. Ross of Kansas when we so desperately need him?

  13. Did you see Colbert last night? He had a ham loaf with wire-rimmed glasses. It was Karl Rove.

  14. Abuse of Office. And what should happen to him? Can he really travel outside of the US without being afraid of being taken into custody?

  15. “Thus Mr. al-Rabiah. It isn’t just that he was an innocent man thrown into Gitmo, or that he was held even after a CIA analyst concluded that he was innocent, or that National Security Council Staffers were aware of his innocence and actively trying to bring about a review of his detention — Mr. al-Rabiah’s case is apt because after the CIA’s 2002 determination of his innocence, he spent another seven years wrongly imprisoned, regaining his freedom and seeing his children only after retaining the help of American attorneys.”

    I wonder if Karl Rove is proud of this, or is is just more “collateral damage.” See the article:

    I am proud of some people in this story and none of them would allow an innocent man to rot in sacrifice to some notion of governmental omniscience. Didn’t we fight a war to throw off this relic of royal prerogative?


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