Former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have long claimed that "a great many" terrorist plots had been foiled by Bush administration's torture policies (they called them “aggressive interrogation" techniques). But a March 29 Washington Post story reveals that the torture of Abu Zubaida, touted by the ex-president as an intelligence treasure-trove, failed to foil a single terror plot and turned up scores of false leads.
Lawrence B. Wilkerson served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, one of the senior Bush Administration officials that pushed the run-up to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Last week he published a blog entry claiming that among the more than 700 people who had been detained at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba that only “two dozen or so of the detainees who might well be hardcore terrorists.”
The U.S. Supreme Court almost vindicated the trial rights of persons seized within the territorial United States by vacating an appellate court judgment in the case of al-Marri v. Spagone. The case involved legal U.S. resident Ali al-Marri, a citizen of Qatar who has been detained without charges since 2001.
The increasing violence that the drug cartels have been inflicting on Mexico is now making its way across the Rio Grande into the United States. And examples of the spillover are spreading and becoming ever more numerous, according to American officials cited in multiple reports.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s office has nearly completed a report that excoriates the three senior Bush administration officials who gave a pseudo-legal imprimatur to torture detainees, according to the New York Times for February 17. The Justice Department inquiry focuses upon three former Bush-era lawyers: Berkeley Law School Professor John Yoo, Judge Jay S. Bybee of the U.S. Ninth District Appellate Court, and Steven G. Bradbury.