Condoleezza Rice Gets Our First War Crimes Trial
thump-n-whip Oxdown style. And, please, no feeding the kangaroos.
1.) Judge, we would initially remind The Court of The United Nations Convention Against Torture, of which we are a signatory:
1. For the purposes of this Convention, the term "torture" means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.
Our Great Nation signed UNCAT on April 18, 1988 and ratified it on October 21, 1994.
2.) We now call our first witness: Allen S. Keller, M.D., director of the Bellevue Hospital Center/New York University Program for Survivors of Torture.
"To think that abusive methods, including the enhanced interrogation techniques are harmless psychological ploys is contradictory to well established medical knowledge and clinical experience. These methods are intended to break the prisoners down, to terrify them and cause harm to their psyche, and in so doing result in lasting harmful health consequences. Long term effects include panic attacks, depression and PTSD."
"Water-boarding or mock drowning, where a prisoner is bound to an inclined board and water is poured over their face, inducing a terrifying fear of drowning clearly can result in immediate and long-term health consequences. As the prisoner gags and chokes, the terror of imminent death is pervasive, with all of the physiologic and psychological responses expected, including an intense stress response, manifested by tachycardia, rapid heart beat and gasping for breath. There is a real risk of death from actually drowning or suffering a heart attack or damage to the lungs from inhalation of water. Long term effects include panic attacks, depression and PTSD. I remind you of the patient I described earlier who would panic and gasp for breath whenever it rained even years after his abuse."
3.) We would also kindly remind The Court, your Honor, that waterboarding was applied to detainees during that period of time in which the defendant served as the Director of the National Security Agency in the Bush Administration. To wit:
On page 37 of the OLC memo, in a passage discussing the differences between SERE techniques and the torture used with detainees, the memo explains: The CIA used the waterboard "at least 83 times during August 2002" in the interrogation of Zubaydah. IG Report at 90, and 183 times during March 2003 in the interrogation of KSM, see id. at 91.
4.) Without further delay, the Website now calls the defendant to the stand.
Dr. Rice, did you authorize the use of waterboarding upon prisoners?
5.) Finally, your Honor, we call the last witness.
The prosecution rests. Now someone get a broom, the place is sick with jumping rats.