Rendition and The Doug Feith conference call.
I had the opportunity today to participate in a conference call with Doug Feith, whose book War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism will be available in a paperback version on Tuesday. Doug Feith is, of course, a controversial figure among the antiwar movement – which is to say, he’s the subject of some truly disturbing, quasi-sexual “rendition” | Read More »
Dismembering the “Torture Narrative”
The “torture narrative” has taken another blow. As you may recall, Philippe Sands’ Torture Team (or perhaps more accurately the excerpts that appeared in Vanity Fair) proved so persuasive to Jerry Nadler (D-NY) that he convened a hearing of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Liberties (under Rep. John Conyers’ (D-MI) House Committee on the Judiciary) to demand the truth about the alleged | Read More »
Ron Suskind, Philip Giraldi and Andrew Sullivan have a problem
Ron Suskind’s new book has spawned some discussion of a letter he claims was forged by the CIA on the direction of the Bush administration to gin up what he considers to be their fraudulant case for invading Iraq. It’s a little hard to follow, but as far as I can tell Suskind’s story is that the letter linking Saddam Hussein to al Qaeda was | Read More »
The Sands “Torture Narrative” Takes a Hit
Doug Feith testified to the House Judiciary Committee today on his role in GWOT detainee treatment, AKA the “Torture Narrative.” According to said narrative, the officially-sanctioned policy of systematic, brutal and illegal mistreatment of captured enemies led directly to the abuses at Abu Ghraib. One of the main documents of this story is Philippe Sands’ recent publication The Torture Team. Some in Congress found Sands’ | Read More »