Solarbird (solarbird) wrote,
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Obama administration continues to blockade torture-murder investigations at Gitmo. Andrew Sullivan gives the obvious explanation why, and clings to what is to my mind totally unjustified hope:
The enormity of what might have happened - the torturing to death of an innocent 21 year-old, held captive since he was 16 and the removal of his organs - would recruit even more Jihadists than Cheney managed in his seven years of torturing and covering up... If you want to know how the government "lost" the last tape of the torturing of Jose Padilla, or why the CIA, with impunity, destroyed the tapes of their waterboarding, this reason remains... And someone somewhere in the military or CIA has told the Justice Department to stay away, just as they persuaded the president to withhold photographs proving that the abuses at Abu Ghraib were worldwide policy on Cheney's and Bush's orders.
Of course the CIA lied about torture, and the effectiveness thereof. Even within the CIA. This is what happens when you run torture states, particularly with complete opacity (tho' there's really never any other kind):
"What I told Brian Ross in late 2007 was wrong on a couple counts," [former CIA operative John Kiriakou] writes. "I suggested that Abu Zubaydah had lasted only thirty or thirty-five seconds during his waterboarding before he begged his interrogators to stop; after that, I said he opened up and gave the agency actionable intelligence. ... I relied on what I'd heard and read inside the agency at the time. ... In retrospect, it was a valuable lesson in how the CIA uses the fine arts of deception even among its own.
Obama administration adopts Bush administration position that it can order the assassination of anyone, anywhere. This is in addition to the pseudo-justice system it has set up with some real trials (where they're sure they can get convictions under ordinary rules), some fake "military tribunal" trials (where they're sure they can get convictions using torture-extracted 'evidence'), and some no trials at all (where they know they can't get convictions but want to keep someone locked up forever anyway):
Just think about this for a minute. Barack Obama, like George Bush before him, has claimed the authority to order American citizens murdered based solely on the unverified, uncharged, unchecked claim that they are associated with Terrorism and pose "a continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests." They're entitled to no charges, no trial, no ability to contest the accusations.
Impeach. Obama. Now, and bring Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney to trial.
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