Exclusive: Fil-Am Ret. Major General Tony Taguba denounces torture in CIA report

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The Filipino-American army general who wrote the official 2004 report on the abuses in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, sounded off on a scathing report on torture that was released by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

For the first time since the controversial report on the CIA’s torture of detainees was released, Retired U.S. Army Major General Antonio Taguba admonished what he called “indefensible” acts cited in the report.

Here is the full transcription of Gen. Taguba’s statement, given Wednesday in an exclusive phone interview with Balitang America:

“It’s difficult to defend the indefensible, especially coming from senior government leaders who intentionally and purposely misled, deceived and lied about the torture program to the American people and Congress.

“These are the same officials that took an oath, assumed their offices to defend the country and obey the Constitution of the United States to the best of their ability, to which they failed hugely in doing so.

“The Senate’s report is one of several reports that have condemned torture, identified the CIA whose mission was not originally detaining and torturing detainees — because their mission was for espionage, selecting intelligence and defending our country.

“So they extended that mission, thinking and believing that they had the legal authority when members of the executive offices of the White House, in stark violation of Constitution, the Geneva Convention, and laws of warfare to which the United States is a signatory.

“The Senate’s report is one of many since the revelation of Abu Ghraib in 2004. The Senate Armed Services Committee report in 2008 had several findings and conclusions that the military, the CIA, and other element agencies committed the illegal detainee abuse, torture, and inhumane treatment.

“However, the question that still requires answers is that who and what individuals will be held accountable for violating the rule of law? Even if they are not prosecuted, their reputation, character and identify will be known and they will not be able to hide from the truth.”

Gen. Taguba says his 2004 report played a major role in this latest report on what he calls violations of the rule of law.


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  • Mario
    10 December 2014 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    What these Democrat Senator did is pure politics,as a result of publishing the CIA report the President, and the Democrat, literally exposed our intel-agent operatives all over the world.During the Bush era, CIA tortured terrorist,which kept USA safe since 911, under OBAMA regime,CIA shoot down terrorist with drones which kill women and children.

  • Delia
    12 December 2014 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Distraction after distraction. Demons-rats is very good at it. They knows what scabs to pick at. If they only knew how to govern that well. To Obama governing is doing what he wants and if that doesn’t work make a law all by himself. I can’t wait until this pos president is done and all his followers crawl back under the rock . Yes hope and change means you’re f-cked.

    With this administration and with Demons-rats/liberals in general, you just do not know what to think any more. We hear one lie after another, but that is only the beginning. While the lies seem to remain forever with us no matter how easy they are to disprove, the part the really boggles the mind are the cases of illogical logic and values that dance from one extreme to another.

    However, how can any begin to condemn enhanced interrogation techniques while claiming the moral higher ground with indiscriminant drone strikes? In what reality is killing an entire group to get at one or two individuals better than making one person uncomfortable in order to get information? Talk about tortured logic and rationalizations.

    We already have an administration famous for its dishonesty and renown for its false moral equivalencies. We already have an administration moving crises around like peas under a sideshow cup to keep the people guessing and confused over what the current issues might be.

    • cat_idiot
      16 December 2014 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Delia…….i’ve been always following your comment as it is the only one that makes sense….anyway, i’ve never heard before that you used that F word, the truth is Dems and GOP are both F-cked up

      • Delia
        16 December 2014 at 4:53 pm - Reply

        @Cat , my apology for stupid words, however, youre right of course .