Sunday July 15, 2018


I was checking Social Media Sunday evening.  I find that a friend has mentioned my name (Tagged) into a conversation in a very pro police force page.  I can take a joke, in fact I love that sort of thing.

The topic of the post was:

In April of 2014 a Montana Police Officer named Grant Morrison shot and killed a man named Richard Ramirez.  Shortly after the confrontation, Officer Morrison was overcome with emotion, this was captured by a Police Vehicle dash board camera.  You can absolutely determine that the officer was upset.  I cannot image what that must feel like, so as much as I would love to state my empathy, I have no basis for how he must have felt.

A 2012 article, Lifted from


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I read nearly 140,000 formerly classified documents about America's abuse of prisoners since 2001. Here is what I learned.

Larry Siems
The above picture - A Guantanamo detainee's feet shackled to the floor. "Gitmo" has been a source of controversy regarding the torture of prisoners. Michelle Shepard/AFP/Getty Images.


It began with one document.

On Sept. 17, 2001, six days after the terrorist attacks in Washington, D.C., President George W. Bush sent a 12-page Memorandum of Notification to his National Security Council. That memorandum, we know now, authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to set up and run secret prisons. We still don't know exactly what it says: CIA attorneys have told a judge the document is so off-limits to the courts and the American people that even the font is classified. But we do know what it did: It literally opened a space for torture.


Published In the Guardian - Circa 2009

Rice gave early approval for CIA waterboarding,

Senate report reveals
• Go-ahead in July 2002 is first known official approval
• Finding suggests greater Rice role than she admitted

Condoleezza Rice: gave the first known official approval of waterboarding, Senate report claims. Photograph: Stefan Zaklin/EPA

Ewen MacAskill in Washington, Stephen Bates and agencies

Thursday 23 April 2009 07.27 EDT

Condoleezza Rice gave permission for the CIA to use waterboarding techniques on the alleged al-Qaida terrorist Abu Zubaydah as early as July 2002, the first known official approval for the technique, according to a report released by the Senate intelligence committee yesterday.

The revelation indicates that Rice, who at the time was national security adviser and went on to be secretary of state, played a greater role than she admitted in written testimony last autumn.

The committee's narrative report (pdf) also shows that dissenting legal views about the interrogation methods were brushed aside repeatedly. The mood within the Bush administration at the time is caught in a handwritten note attached to a December 2002 memo from Donald Rumsfeld, the then defence secretary, on the use of stress positions. "I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to 4 hours?" he asked.

Archives section of The Center for Torture Accountability - only date listed on page is 2013.
Donald Rumsfeld Rumsfeld approves brutal interrogation methods, invites military to ask him about pushing the envelope even further Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld supervised the military's planning for extreme interrogation methods outlawed by the army field manual and the Geneva Conventions. He arranged for legal memos to approve additional techniques, and he personally signed off on specific methods, sometimes with jokes to the effect that the techniques were more coddling than torture. He invited commanders in the field to propose even more varieties of torture, leaving the clear impression that he was eager to approve whatever they would like to try. The waterboarding, stress positions, use of dogs, and other techniques were initially approved for use at Guantanamo but soon spread throughout the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq.

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This is a cut and paste from Wikipedia. 12.10.14 3:30 gmt.

History of approval y the Bush administration
>> In early 2002, following Abu Zubaydah's capture, assertedly Jose Rodriguez head of the CIA's clandestine service, asked his superiors for authorization for what Rodriquez called an "alternative set of interrogation procedures." Top US Government officials including Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Ashcroft discussed at length whether or not the CIA could legally use harsh techniques against Abu Zubaydah. Condoleezza Rice specifically mentioned the SERE program during the meeting stating "I recall being told that U.S. military personnel were subjected to training to certain physical and psychological interrogation techniques..."

By Mark Danner

New York Times
January 6, 2005
Page A27

At least since Watergate, Americans have come to take for granted a certain story line of scandal, in which revelation is followed by investigation, adjudication and expiation. Together, Congress and the courts investigate high-level wrongdoing and place it in a carefully constructed narrative, in which crimes are charted, malfeasance is explicated and punishment is apportioned as the final step in the journey back to order, justice and propriety.

When Alberto Gonzales takes his seat before the Senate Judiciary Committee today for hearings to confirm whether he will become attorney general of the United States, Americans will bid farewell to that comforting story line. The senators are likely to give full legitimacy to a path that the Bush administration set the country on more than three years ago, a path that has transformed the United States from a country that condemned torture and forbade its use to one that practices torture routinely. Through a process of redefinition largely overseen by Mr. Gonzales himself, a practice that was once a clear and abhorrent violation of the law has become in effect the law of the land.