Dick Gets Fingered.....for Torture
So far, only French newspaper Le Monde has picked up on Wilkerson's public statement. Check it out.
If your French is rusty, here is a rough translation using Babel Fish (Pardon the sometimes incoherent translation...Babel Fish isn't perfect.):
The office of the American vice-president Dick Cheney is at the origin of the directives having led American soldiers to torture prisoners in Iraq and in Afghanistan, affirmed, Thursday, a former high person in charge for the State Department.
Colonel Laurence Wilkerson, who was a principal private secretary of the former Secretary of State Colin Powell declared, on the waves of the public radio (NPR) which it had found trace of a series of memos and directives authorizing torture, addressed to the Defence Department by the collaborators of Dick Cheney. These directives contradicted another directive of president George W. Bush, ordering with the American army to respect the convention of Geneva which prohibits such practices.
"There was a visible trace energy of the vice-presidency to the commanders on the ground, while passing through the secretary with defense, to authorize torture in order to obtain information on the ground", affirmed colonel Wilkerson. "the directives, it indicated, were written in careful terms, but they did not give any less the commanders on the ground freedom to act, which led to many cases of abuse counters prisoners". According to him, "If you are a soldier of career, you know that similar things are not allowed."
"LAWYER SOLVED FOR THE RECOURSE TO TORTURE" [< ----I have a feeling this is not an accurate translation.]
It added that Mr. Powell, when he was a Secretary of State, had asked him, after the scandal of the prison of Abou Ghraïb, to inquire to discover how torture had become an instrument of the American policy.
Washington Post had revealed last week that Mr. Cheney intervened recently with the Senate to obtain that the CIA is exempted obligation to respect a bill prohibiting abroad the use of torture.
According to Mr. Wilkerson, the new principal private secretary of Dick Cheney, David Addington, who was up to now legal adviser vice-presidency, was a "lawyer solved" to authorize the recourse to torture. He as affirmed as Mr. Cheney had created the national Council of safety "(a)" espionnant and sapping the work carried out by the national council of safety of president Bush. He added that the members of this council had ceased resorting to the electronic mails by discovering that the collaborators of Mr. Cheney peeled their messages.
It in addition estimated that the former chief of the CIA, George Tenet "had not had courage" to inform the services of Dick Cheney of his doubts about the existence of weapons of massive destruction in Iraq or on the efforts of Saddam Hussein to obtain.
So there you have it. A former Bush administration official is coming out and pointing fingers at the Cheney cabal for the torture at Abu Ghraib. I look forward to seeing how this develops.