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November 20, 2005

Powell Aide Claims VP Cheney Guided Torture

Col. Larry Wilkerson, top State Department official under Colin Powell, said that “Vice President Dick Cheney provided the "philosophical guidance" and "flexibility" that led to the torture of detainees in U.S. facilities” on CNN today:  And more:

"There's no question in my mind that we did. There's no question in my mind that we may be still doing it," Wilkerson said on CNN's "Late Edition."

"There's no question in my mind where the philosophical guidance and the flexibility in order to do so originated -- in the vice president of the United States' office," he said. "His implementer in this case was [Defense Secretary] Donald Rumsfeld and the Defense Department."

At another point in the interview, Wilkerson said "the vice president had to cover this in order for it to happen and in order for Secretary Rumsfeld to feel as though he had freedom of action."

Posted by Lynn Allen on November 20, 2005 at 10:42 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


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