(From TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent
[According to the secret torture memos the Bush administration released today, Rummy was willing to let suspected terrorists feel his pain:]
In a Pentagon memo, dated Nov. 27, 2002, the Defense Department's chief lawyer, William J. Haynes II, recommended that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld approve the use of 14 interrogation techniques on detainees at Guantanamo Bay, such as yelling at a prisoner during questioning and using "stress positions," like standing, for up to four hours. [Like what he does to the Washington press corps on a regular basis?]
Haynes also recommended approval of one technique among harsher methods requested by U.S. military authorities at Guantanamo: use of "mild, non-injurious physical contact such as grabbing, poking in the chest with the finger and light pushing." [So warm and fuzzy! Good golly!]
Among the techniques that Rumsfeld approved on Dec. 2, 2002, in addition to the grabbing, the yelling and the stress positions:
_ Use of 20-hour interrogations.
_ Removal of all comfort items, including religious items.
_ Removal of clothing.
_ Using detainees' "individual phobias such as fear of dogs to induce stress. [And presumably, his big phobia, truth telling]
Rumsfeld scribbled a note on Haynes' memo that said,
"However, I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to 4 hours."