Addington Doesn’t Remember Much About His Guantanamo Trips, More Involved With CIA Interrogations
Did Addington go to Guantanamo, asks Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), as was disclosed in the Senate last week? “Really don’t remember the dates,” but says he’s probably been to Guantanamo “probably five times.” Did he meet with JAG attorneys? “Don’t recall. Col. Beaver — I don’t remember meeting her there, only remember. … I was invited by Department of Defense to go.” Did he discuss interrogation methods with anyone? “Don’t know about methods, but I probably did… They would show us intrg room, with no one in it, or look through a room… where you could see into that, so having done that I would assume, yes.”
Did Addington discuss specific types of interrogation methods? “I don’t recall doing that.” Means you didn’t or don’t recall? “It means I don’t recall, as I said.” Says his participation with the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program was more extensive than with the Defense Dept. interrogation program. Addington denies Philippe Sands’ claim that he encouraged interrogators to go all-out.
In fairness, Addington did something important here: he admitted to an involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program, which is, shall we say, open to constitutional debate.