2,697. 9/17/2001

“The September 17 [2001] Memorandum of Notification [allowing the CIA to assassinate terrorists] had moved much faster than usual. …in this critical instance, the CIA would be gaining fearsome new powers with very little debate–none of it public. The Agency was taking on new responsibilities in areas where it had no expertise, such as interrogation and detention.” According to European Chief of Clandestine Operations, Tyler Drumheller: ” ‘The President [Bush] loved it.’ The redefinition of America’s standards for the treatment of its enemies took place almost entirely out of public view.”

 – Jane Mayer, The Dark Side, Page 42-43

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