Condoleezza Rice

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This page provides information on the legacy of Condoleezza Rice. Much of the information is summarized in our pamphlet, which we encourage you to read and distribute widely.

A significant portion (if not all!) of the links below come from the dossier, "Condi's Lies", by Rachelle Marshall.

Rice is Challenged in Europe Over Secret Terror Prisons

Secretary Rice's Rendition

Again, Torture Rears Its Ugly Head

Bipartisan Group to Speak Out on Detainees

Rice shares responsibility for many dangerous policies

  • Stanford Daily, 5/6/02 (no URL available)

Cheney OKd harsh tactics on terrorists

A Woman of Ambition, Neither Hero Nor Villain

Dispute over Iraq's nuclear plans: White House, CIA at odds in '02

Smoke Gets in Our Eyes

Jump on the Peace Train

A Plague of Toadies

Say What You Like, Just Don’t Say It Here

Rice Admits U.S. Erred in Deportation Case

Promoting democracy while suppressing ideas

Free Speech Groups Sue Over Visa Denial

U.S. ignored Blackwater complaints, Iraq says

As Her Star Wanes, Rice Tries to Reshape Legacy

Rice plays enigmatic role in Bush's foreign policy

The Black Sites

Interrogation abuse before Abu Ghraib reported

  • Pamela Hess, Associated Press
  • Friday, September 26, 2008
  • Rice told the committee the CIA had sought National Security Council approval before embarking on its own harsh interrogation program in the spring of 2002. Rice said she asked then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to review its legality. The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the White House on legal matters, later determined the CIA's program to be legal.

Bush Aides Linked to Talks on Interrogations

  • Published: September 25, 2008
  • Some of the techniques proposed by the C.I.A. -- including waterboarding, which induces a feeling of drowning -- came from a program used by the Pentagon to train American pilots to withstand the rigors of captivity. I recall being told that U.S. military personnel were subjected in training to certain physical and psychological interrogation techniques and that these techniques had been deemed not to cause significant physical or psychological harm, Ms. Rice, now secretary of state, wrote in response to one question.





Top Bush officials OKd torture, report says

  • oby Warrick, Washington Post
  • Friday, December 12, 2008
  • "Defense Department's use of controversial interrogation practices, including forced nudity, painful stress positions, sleep deprivation, extreme temperatures and use of dogs. The practices, some of which had already been adopted by the CIA at its secret prisons, were adapted for interrogations at Guantanamo Bay and later migrated to U.S. detention camps in Afghanistan and Iraq, including the infamous Abu Ghraib prison."
  • top administration officials, including National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, participated in meetings in which the use of coercive measures was discussed. The panel drew on a written statement by Rice, released earlier this year, to support that conclusion.

The Torture Report

  • Dec 17, 2008
  • Now, a bipartisan report by the Senate Armed Services Committee has made what amounts to a strong case for bringing criminal charges against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld; his legal counsel, William J. Haynes; and potentially other top officials, including the former White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and David Addington, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff.

Where is the Outrage?

  • Posted May 28, 2008
  • One of those top officials, who stands revealed in the inspector general's report as approving the torture policy, is Condoleezza Rice, who in her capacity as White House national security adviser turned away the concerns of then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft as to the severe interrogation measures being employed. Rice, as ABC-TV reported in April, chaired the top-level meetings in 2002 in the White House Situation Room that signed off on the CIA treatment of prisoners--"whether they would be slapped, pushed, deprived of sleep or subjected to simulated drowning, called water boarding. ..." According to the report, the former academic provost of Stanford University came down on the side of simulated drowning.

Condi eyes return, but in what role?

The Washington Post Report on Middle East Affairs

  • March 2009 (not online yet!)
  • p. 41
  • The torture policy, Cole continued, has been approved at the highest levels in the most specific way. The Bush administration's principles committee, comprising Vice President Dick Cheney and the five cabinet members responsible for security (Rumsfeld, Powell, Tenet, Rice and Ashcroft), signed an approval for the use of waterboarding against "high-level" detainees. They literally, Cole charged, authorized criminal conduct.

The CIA's Secret Torture

  • The NewYork Review of Books
  • Volume 54, Number 1 · January 11, 2007
  • In her statement at Andrews Air Force Base before leaving on her European trip, Secretary Rice said, “The United States does not permit, tolerate, or condone torture under any circumstances.” She added: “The United States does not transport, and has not transported, detainees from one country to another for the purpose of interrogation using torture.”

This seemed no more that a legalistic evasion. Rendition is not “for the purpose of interrogation torture”; its purpose is to extract information. And as Rice and Bush must have known, there have been convincing reports that people who have been subject to rendition and sent to such countries as Jordan and Uzbekistan have in fact been tortured.

U.S. Interrogations Are Saving European Lives, Rice Says

Unraveling Injustice

  • Published: February 4, 2009
  • The Bush administration’s claim is that the “very subject matter” of the suit is a state secret. We can understand why the Bush team would not want evidence of illegal detentions and torture presented in court, but the argument is preposterous.

First lady, Rice defend president

Rice admits U.S. fumbled in Iraq, defends war

When asked whether that was Rumsfeld's fault, Rice said, "I take responsibility for that, too. We just didn't have the right structure."

Rice's legacy

  • Steve Kettmann
  • Thursday, July 10, 2008
  • A nation's top diplomat was graded based on the success or failure of a country's foreign-policy initiatives. By that standard, Rice would currently be pulling a D-minus - she was at the table for all the major decisions leading up to both the botched campaign in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq, twin debacles that - banal happy talk aside - inescapably rank among the worst foreign-policy disasters in U.S. history.

Rice planning return to the Farm

What the F.B.I. Agents Saw

  • Published: May 22, 2008
  • The report shows what happens when an American president, his secretary of defense, his Justice Department and other top officials corrupt American law to rationalize and authorize the abuse, humiliation and torture of prisoners:

— Four F.B.I. agents saw an interrogator cuff two detainees and force water down their throats.

— Prisoners at Guantánamo were shackled hand-to-foot for prolonged periods and subjected to extreme heat and cold.

— At least one detainee at Guantánamo was kept in an isolation cell for at least two months, a practice the military considers to be torture when applied to American soldiers.

  • The inspector general said the agents’ concerns were conveyed to the National Security Council, but he found no evidence that it acted on them.

Long-Delayed Story on Pre-War Intel Still Important

  • Posted April 26, 2006
  • now, more than three years later, after at least two major governmental investigations into pre-war intelligence on Iraq and countless journalistic post-mortems, we are only just finding out that a highly-placed double-agent in Iraq was poking a huge hole in the Hussein-as-WMD-bogeyman story.
  • The White House refused to comment for the 60 Minutes report, but CBS noted that Rice has said Sabri was just one source, and therefore not reliable. It was ironic, considering how heavily the Bush administration relied on the now infamous Iraqi defector, "Curveball," whose statements so informed the main administration allegations concerning Iraq's bio-chemical weapons.

More Questions as Rice Asserts Detainee Policy

  • December 8, 2005
  • On the one hand, the administration has argued that the United States is not legally bound to apply all the international standards to, for example, C.I.A. officers working in foreign countries. On the other hand, the administration maintains that whatever the law says, its policy is to adhere to the substance of those standards, at least as they are defined by the United States.
  • Ms. Rice, when asked, answered by referring to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, a treaty adopted by the United Nations more than two decades ago and ratified by the United States in 1994.
  • "As a matter of U.S. policy, the United States obligations under the C.A.T., which prohibits, of course, cruel and inhumane and degrading treatment, those obligations extend to U.S. personnel wherever they are, whether they are in the United States or outside of the United States," she said.

Torturing the Facts

  • December 7, 2005
  • Our secretary of state's tortuous defense of supposedly nonexistent C.I.A. torture chambers in Eastern Europe was an acid flashback to Clintonian parsing.
  • Under this administration, prisoners have been hung by their wrists and had electrodes attached to their genitals; they've been waterboarded, exposed to extreme heat and cold, and threatened with death - even accidentally killed.
  • When Ms. Rice was a Stanford professor of international relations, she would have flunked any student who dared to present her with the sort of willfully disingenuous piffle she spouted on the eve of her European trip.
  • Maybe she figures that if she was able to fool people once with doubletalk about W.M.D., she can fool them again with doubletalk about rendition.

Skepticism Seems to Erode Europeans' Faith in Rice 7Dec2005 [1]

In rush to defend White House, Rice trips over own words 26Mar2004 [2]

Why Rice should testify Tuesday, March 30, 2004 [3]

The Nuclear Bomb That Wasn't October 5, 2004 [4] Nominee Says Iraq Threat Was Perhaps Overstated Published: September 21, 2004



[Condi is] Bush's Echo Chamber By BOB HERBERT Published: November 19, 2004 [7]

Abuses at Guantanamo and the Administration's Misrepresentations Washington D.C., June 3, 2005 - [8] Iraq's weapons: what they said and what we know Gail Bensinger Thursday, January 29, 2004 [9] Madame Secretary By Jonathan Freedland

  • A review of the biography Twice As Good by Marcus Mabry

Published: July 1, 2007 [10]

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