(An important reminder): James Comey and the Unending Bush Torture Scandal
This guy is a horrible excuse for a human being. He’s never hesitated to do the bidding of the worst this country has to offer. He was up to his armpits in the bush/cheney torture programs. He helped grease the wheels. It’s time to take another look at his record of ‘public service’.
James Comey and the Unending Bush Torture Scandal
The American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, and other organizations did excellent reports prior to Comey’s becoming FBI chief that laid out his role in the torture scandal. Such hard facts, however, have long since vanished from the media radar screen. MSNBC host Chris Matthews recently declared, “James Comey made his bones by standing up against torture. He was a made man before Trump came along.” Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria, in a column declaring that Americans should be “deeply grateful” to lawyers such as Comey, declared, “The Bush administration wanted to claim that its ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ were lawful. Comey believed they were not…. So Comey pushed back as much as he could.”
Comey twice gave explicit approval for waterboarding, which sought to break detainees with near-drowning. This practice had been recognized as a war crime by the U.S. government since the Spanish-American War. A practice that was notorious when inflicted by the Spanish Inquisition was adopted by the CIA with the Justice Department’s blessing. (When Barack Obama nominated Comey to be FBI chief in 2013, he testified that he had belatedly recognized that waterboarding was actually torture.)
Comey wrote in his memoir that he was losing sleep over concern about Bush-administration torture polices. But losing sleep was not an option for detainees, because Comey approved sleep deprivation as an interrogation technique. Detainees could be forcibly kept awake for 180 hours until they confessed their crimes. How did that work? At Abu Ghraib, one FBI agent reported seeing a detainee “handcuffed to a railing with a nylon sack on his head and a shower curtain draped around him, being slapped by a soldier to keep him awake.” Numerous FBI agents protested the extreme interrogation methods they saw at Guantanamo and elsewhere, but their warnings were ignored.
Comey also approved “wall slamming” — which, as law professor David Cole wrote, meant that detainees could be thrown against a wall up to 30 times. Comey also signed off on the CIA’s using “interrogation” methods such as facial slaps, locking detainees in small boxes for 18 hours, and forced nudity. When the secret Comey memo approving those methods finally became public in 2009, many Americans were aghast — and relieved that the Obama administration had repudiated Bush policies.
When he first campaigned for president, Barack Obama pledged to vigorously investigate the Bush torture regime for criminal violations. Instead, the Obama administration proffered one excuse after another to suppress the vast majority of the evidence, pardon all U.S. government torturers, and throttle all torture-related lawsuits. The only CIA official to go to prison for the torture scandal was courageous whistleblower John Kiriakou. Kiriakou’s fate illustrates that telling the truth is treated as the most unforgivable atrocity in Washington.
After his stint with the bush/cheney cabal he should have been banned from having ANY position of authority in this country. In a just world he would have been in prison. This is a guy whose entire career is based on deception and illegal and immoral acts. And it was the Transparency Transformational Prez the appointed him as head of the FBI in 2013.
There is no reason anyone should respect this man. Or believe a word he says. Of course the investigation into the Clinton Creature’s private servers was rigged. That was Comey’s forte, that is what he does. He covers up malfeasance of government officials. It is what kept him employed (so to speak). In his book he’s portraying himself as being against torture. And he’s getting away with it. We cannot allow extent of Comey’s involvement in the horrors perpetrated by the bush/cheney administration be forgotten.
The Empty Suit let all these criminals walk. That, in my opinion, makes him every bit as guilty as the war criminals in the bush/cheney administration.