Steven Kleinman Quoted: Human Rights Watch: Prosecute Bush, Cheney Over Torture Crimes
July 12, 2011
The Daily Beast
By R.M. Schneiderman
Just weeks after the Obama White House closed the book on prosecuting all but two cases related to the Bush administration’s harsh interrogation policies, Human Rights Watch released a sweeping report on Tuesday calling for a criminal investigation into the actions of senior Bush administration officials for allegedly permitting the use of torture, sending suspects to secret CIA prisons, and transferring them to countries where they were tortured by foreign governments, beginning in the early 2000s.
In the report, the human-rights group said the investigation should focus on former president George W. Bush, former vice president Dick Cheney, former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and former CIA director George Tenet. The authors of the report said that former national-security adviser Condoleezza Rice, along with former attorneys general John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales and several others, should be investigated as well.
”The U.S. government’s pattern of abuse across several countries … resulted from decisions made by senior U.S. officials to bend, ignore, or cast the rules aside,” said Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch.
Calls made to President Bush on behalf of his administration were not returned for comment…
“It was not a professional interrogation program,” said Steve Kleinman, a career military intelligence officer who served as an interrogator for the Defense Department…
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