President Bush signed order to allow torture, says ACLU
22 Dec 2004 15:52 GMT
A document released on December 20 by the American Civil Liberties Union suggests that President Bush issued an Executive Order authorizing the use of inhumane interrogation methods against detainees in Iraq. Also released by the ACLU today are a slew of other records including a December 2003 FBI e-mail that characterizes methods used by the Defense Department as "torture" and a June 2004 "Urgent Report" to the Director of the FBI that raises concerns that abuse of detainees is being covered up.
The documents also indicate that military interegators at Guantanamo Bay "impersonated FBI agents" in order to deflect blame should torture practices there be uncovered, and that such impersonation was authroized directly by the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz.
The White House has denied that a Presidential Order authorizing torture exists or that Wolfowitz approved any impersonation of FBI agents.
ACLU Press Release