Cheney/Rumsfeld Demanded Interrogators Coerce Evidence Of Al Qeada/Saddam links Out Of Detainees.

by | Apr 22, 2009 | Stress Blog

Not that it comes as a surprise to anyone, but McClatchy has a article today that reports on Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld’s demands for interrogators to coerce evidence of ties between Al Qeada and Saddam Hussein.

from McClatchy

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and others who advocated the use of sleep deprivation, isolation and stress positions and waterboarding, which simulates drowning, insist that they were legal.

A former senior U.S. intelligence official familiar with the interrogation issue said that Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld demanded that the interrogators find evidence of al Qaida-Iraq collaboration.

“There were two reasons why these interrogations were so persistent, and why extreme methods were used,” the former senior intelligence official said on condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity.

“The main one is that everyone was worried about some kind of follow-up attack (after 9/11). But for most of 2002 and into 2003, Cheney and Rumsfeld, especially, were also demanding proof of the links between al Qaida and Iraq that (former Iraqi exile leader Ahmed) Chalabi and others had told them were there.”