The Story That Will Not Go Away

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The White House is under growing pressure to hold individuals accountable for covering up the torture of terrorist suspects, with calls coming from a senator for a purge of top CIA officials and a furious row over whether the agency kept both Congress and the previous administration sufficiently informed of the programme.

In his first televised remarks since Tuesday’s damning Senate report, President Obama sought to partially justify the actions of President George W Bush and the CIA, while acknowledging he believed they had backfired by harming America’s moral standing in the world.

“Nobody can fully understand what it was like to be responsible for the safety and security of the American people in the aftermath of the worst attack on our national soil,” he told the Spanish-language television channel Telemundo. “When countries are threatened, oftentimes they act rationally in ways that in retrospect were wrong.”

And his spokesman, Josh Earnest, later poured cold water on claims in the Senate report that the CIA had kept the worst of its behaviour hidden from President Bush.

“That’s a point of some contention,” he said, when asked whether the CIA had lied to the White House. “There are some people who have said that that’s not true.”

This pushback against what many insiders perceive as an attempt to isolate the intelligence community from Washington’s political leaders was also supported by former the CIA director Michael Hayden, who gave an interview to Politico magazine in which he insisted that Bush was kept fully abreast of the programme and that he had approved the use of waterboarding as early as 2002, and had publicly acknowledged having done so.

@ THE GUARDIAN

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16 Responses to The Story That Will Not Go Away

  1. Den says:

    Big storm, big woop, plastic deck chair fell over, oooooo.
    Heavy rain expected this afternoon followed by a 10 degree cool-down, gutters clean, downspout re-directors in place, bring it on.

    Nice pic up top huh. Ol Chimpy laying down a big wet one on his money-buddy for being so generous, I wonder if Dick was jealous?

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  2. º¿carol says:

    ““Nobody can fully understand what it was like to be responsible for the safety and security of the American people in the aftermath of the worst attack on our national soil,” he told the Spanish-language television channel Telemundo. “When countries are threatened, oftentimes they act rationally in ways that in retrospect were wrong.”

    Obama shouldn’t be trying to justify anything from those bad old days. Will there ever be anyone elected to that office that will not be a puppet? I somehow doubt it.

    I know if Hillary gets in it will be like Obama never left. They’re all the same. Now, if Warren of Bernie could get in? There might be some hope. The owners of the country will make sure they don’t get in.

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  3. º¿carol says:

    Full sunshine ALL day. My solar lights are probably happy, I’ll be able to tell tonight.

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    • º¿carol says:

      Most of my old solar lights picked up a charge today, but my newest 6 that I bought at the end of this summer, stayed dark. Didn’t charge up. Well, one of them had a faint glow to it…

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Gentle rain.

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  5. Den says:

    Lost power for a couple hours, a tree fell over on power lines a mile away from me.
    Raining cats and dogs, Real Estate sale sign about to go over, lotta soggy much.

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  6. David B. Benson says:

    Afloat yet, Den?

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    • Den says:

      You betcha, I’m on high ground, rain washing down the driveway, pretty mild storm, I would say close to normal, last couple years we did not have this rain so everyone goes berserk when real weather returns, better than endless 90’s.

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  7. Den says:

    Shutting down here, up early (5:30) bed early, try not to wreck the place while I’m gone.

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  8. jim hitchcock says:

    Happy birthday, Annie Jump Cannon.

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