Whether it be George W BeelzeBush , Darth Cheney, or his AG minion, Alberto Gonzales, they always modify their declaration about torture with "the US is not engaged in torture" which leaves out the very certain fact that the CIA is paying thrid party nationals — Turks, Egyptians, Bosnians, etc. — to do the physical act of torture making their statements technically true. Romania has denied their role in this heinous crime against humanity, but Bulgaria remains a strong possibilty.
Bush’s Secret Gulag
Earthside Comments: Remember when the Bushites were so upset because Amnesty International refered to the Guantanamo prison camp as an ‘American gulag’? The Bushites as usual were feigning outrage to coverup another lie … a another deception revealed today.
The practice described in the Washington Post article is very dangerous. Because there is no oversight and no outside review, the CIA can sweep up, for instance, an innocent lawyer in Islamabad and send him to one of these concentration camps, perhaps in Bulgaria. No matter how innocent this individual might be, he has no recourse, no redress — it is illegal kidnapping and imprisonment on an atrociously immoral, unethical, and un-American scale.
Everyone wants real and potential mass murder terrorists caught, but the Declaration of Independence also maintained a base standard of behavior that WE are obligated to practice.
These Soviet-era camps full of prisoners rounded up in a Nazi-style is yet another example of how low the Bushites and radical Republicans have taken our country. We cannot be rid of Bush and Cheney and the rest of these thugs soon enough!
Link: CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons | Washington Post
The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement. The secret facility is part of a covert prison system set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents. … The existence and locations of the facilities — referred to as "black sites" in classified White House, CIA, Justice Department and congressional documents — are known to only a handful of officials in the United States and, usually, only to the president and a few top intelligence officers in each host country. … But the revelations of widespread prisoner abuse in Afghanistan and Iraq by the U.S. military — which operates under published rules and transparent oversight of Congress — have increased concern among lawmakers, foreign governments and human rights groups about the opaque CIA system. Those concerns escalated last month, when Vice President Cheney and CIA Director Porter J. Goss asked Congress to exempt CIA employees from legislation already endorsed by 90 senators that would bar cruel and degrading treatment of any prisoner in U.S. custody. … The CIA program’s original scope was to hide and interrogate the two dozen or so al Qaeda leaders believed to be directly responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks, or who posed an imminent threat, or had knowledge of the larger al Qaeda network. But as the volume of leads pouring into the CTC from abroad increased, and the capacity of its paramilitary group to seize suspects grew, the CIA began apprehending more people whose intelligence value and links to terrorism were less certain, according to four current and former officials. The original standard for consigning suspects to the invisible universe was lowered or ignored, they said. "They’ve got many, many more who don’t reach any threshold," one intelligence official said…. Meanwhile, the debate over the wisdom of the program continues among CIA officers, some of whom also argue that the secrecy surrounding the program is not sustainable. "It’s just a horrible burden," said the intelligence official.