ABC is reporting that the “National Security Principals Committee” held dozens of meetings in the White House specifically planning who and how to torture. The principals conspiring to commit these war crimes included the vice president, then-CIA director George Tenet, Attorney General John Ashcroft, National Security Advisor Condi Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and then-Secretary of State Colin Powell. According to ABC, Ashcroft at one point asked, “why are we talking about this in the White House? History will not judge this kindly.”
No, sir, it won’t.
It would be nice if Congress would grow a ball and investigate these crimes, especially now that there’s a clearer path than ever to the highest levels of the Administration. And to think Abu Ghraib was blamed on a few “bad apples.” As I all too often do, I find myself heartsick over the total lack of outrage about this stuff.