Friday, May 15, 2009

U.S. Tortures a POW???

This is a disturbing story, and if it is true, someone needs to be prosecuted.

Former NBC News investigative producer Robert Windrem reports that the vice president’s office suggested waterboarding an Iraqi prisoner who was suspected of knowing about a relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam.

Robert Windrem, who covered terrorism for NBC, reports exclusively in The Daily Beast that:
*Two U.S. intelligence officers confirm that Vice President Cheney’s office suggested waterboarding an Iraqi prisoner, a former intelligence official for Saddam Hussein, who was suspected to have knowledge of a Saddam-al Qaeda connection.

*The former chief of the Iraq Survey Group, Charles Duelfer, in charge of interrogations, tells The Daily Beast that he considered the request reprehensible.

*Much of the information in the report of the 9/11 Commission was provided through more than 30 sessions of torture of detainees.

At the end of April 2003, not long after the fall of Baghdad, U.S. forces captured an Iraqi who Bush White House officials suspected might provide information of a relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s regime. Muhammed Khudayr al-Dulaymi was the head of the M-14 section of Mukhabarat, one of Saddam’s secret police organizations.

What we have here, is a prisoner caught while we tried to take Baghdad that was a part of Saddam's Government. If caught, this individual would have fallen under the Geneva conventions.

If the Vice President's Office suggested water boarding, which is illegal under the Geneva Conventions, then we have violated a treaty that we have signed. This basically would be the VP of the United States suggesting something that is illegal. Someone needs to follow up on this story and hold someone accountable.