Scott Horton interviews Jane Mayer. The quote above was from a CIA officer detailing what came out of torture sessions. The White House has been increasingly nervous about criminal prosecution since the Hamdan decision:
The reaction of top Bush Administration officials to the ICRC reportfrom what I can gather, has been defensive and dismissive. They reject the ICRC’s legal analysis as incorrect. Yet, to get to your last question, my reporting shows that inside the White House there has been growing fear of criminal prosecution, particularly after the Supreme Court ruled in the Hamdan case that the Geneva Conventions applied to the treatment of the detainees. This nervousness resulted in the successful effort to add retroactive immunity to the Military Commission Act. Cheney personally spearheaded this effort. Fear of the consequences of exposure also weighed heavily in discussions about whether to shut the CIA program down. In White House meetings, Cheney warned that if they transferred the CIA’s prisoners to Guantanamo, “People will want to know where they have beenand what we’ve been doing with them.” Alberto Gonzales, a source said, “scared” everyone about the possibility of war crimes prosecutions. It was on their minds.
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