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April 23, 2009

Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney Irrevocably Linked To Water-boarding

waterboarding  A Senate Intelligence Committee document has revealed that when Condoleezza Rice was Bush’s National Security Adviser she personally verbally approved the CIA’s request to use water-boarding to subject alleged al-Qaida terrorist Abu Zubaydah to water-boarding in July 2002.  This is the earliest known decision by a Bush administration official to approve use of water-boarding. 

The report gives a detailed timeline of how the CIA’s violent “enhanced interrogation” techniques was conceived and approved at the highest levels in the Bush White House.  The timeline also shows that Rice played a greater role than she admitted last fall in written testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

While there have long been suspicions that the White House was involved in the decision, the actions have until now been blamed on the CIA and unnamed officials at the Pentagon.

The report describes a meeting between Dick Cheney, then-CIA Director George Tenet and Dr. Rice in July 2002. The Secretary of State “advised that the CIA could proceed with its proposed interrogation” of alleged al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Zubaydah, the report said.

In 2003, the CIA briefed Dr. Rice, Dick Cheney and John Ashcroft — the then Attorney General — on the use of water-boarding and other methods including week-long sleep deprivation, forced nudity and the use of stress positions. The Senate report says that officials “reaffirmed that the CIA program was lawful and reflected administration policy”.

CIA memos released by President Obama’s administration last week revealed that Mr. Zubaydah was water-boarded at least 83 times in the course of one month and Khalid Sheikh Mohammad who claimed to have planned the September 11 attacks was water-boarded183 times in one month.

Experts have said that water-boarding is so horrific that even the most hardened terrorists have not been able to stand it for more than a minute without begging to talk.

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July 6, 2008

Tennis – Nadal Wins Mens Finals: Rains on Federer’s Reign

 Damn — what a 4 hour 48 minute marathon!!! During the match neither men looked tired, they looked fresh throughout!

Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer’s five-year reign at Wimbledon surviving three rain delays in winning a riveting five-set marathon to claim his first title at the All England Club. He won 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7.

Nadal becomes the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same season.

Federer and Nadal battled into the fifth set at the Wimbledon men’s final before a second rain delay halted play.

Federer fought off two championship points to win a fourth-set tiebreaker 10-8 and force the final set, which was tied at 2 when play stopped.

Nadal won the first two sets, but Roger Federer returned from a rain delay to win the third in the men’s Wimbledon final Sunday at the All England Club.

Nadal, ranked second in the world, won the first two sets 6-4, 6-4 in a bid for his first Wimbledon crown. But Federer closed out the third set by winning a tiebreaker 7-5 after a rain delay of 1 hour, 25 minutes.

The matchup is the third straight in the tournament between the Spaniard and world No. 1 Federer who was seeking his sixth consecutive title in the grass-court Grand Slam.

  Nadal is the first Spaniard to win Wimbledon since Manolo Santana in 1966.

Paulette

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