Rice admits Bush officials held White House talks on CIA interrogations

Condoleeza Rice confesses to war crimes.

Condoleezza Rice, waterboarding, torture, CIA

Craig Ruttle / Associated Press
United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signs a Memorandum of Understanding on the WEST (Work, English Study and Travel) Program Monday, Sept. 22, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
Her written statement to Senate investigators is the first official high-level acknowledgment of meetings that led to harsh methods such as waterboarding.
By Greg Miller, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 25, 2008

WASHINGTON — Senior Bush administration officials held a series of meetings in the White House in 2002 and 2003 to discuss allowing the CIA to use harsh interrogation methods on Al Qaeda detainees, according to a written statement Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently provided to Senate investigators.

Rice’s written response to investigators on the Senate Armed Services Committee marks the first time a high-ranking White House official has formally acknowledged the White House discussions, which led to the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other coercive methods.

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