Sunday, June 22, 2008

More on the US torture program, and preparing for the war crimes trials

Yes, more on torture. This is part of my duty as an American citizen. McCain would do his best to silence these stories. For now, they're coming out.

A NYT article that's ostensibly about the post-torture interrogation of KSM also tells us more about how the torture program came together ...
Inside a 9/11 Mastermind’s Interrogation - Series -

.... In its scramble, the agency made the momentous decision to use harsh methods the United States had long condemned. With little research or reflection, it borrowed its techniques from an American military training program modeled on the torture repertories of the Soviet Union and other cold-war adversaries, a lineage that would come to haunt the agency.

It located its overseas jails based largely on which foreign intelligence officials were most accommodating and rushed to move the prisoners when word of locations leaked. Seeking a longer-term solution, the C.I.A. spent millions to build a high-security prison in a remote desert location, according to two former intelligence officials. The prison, whose existence has never been disclosed, was completed — and then apparently abandoned unused — when President Bush decided in 2006 to move all the prisoners to Guantanamo...
Yes, "apparently abandoned". I suspect we'll hear more about that prison. Such things find a use.

The groundwork is being laid for what, if it takes place, will be the trial of the century. The war crimes trial of George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Condeleezza Rice and their colleagues may yet come to an iPhone near you sometime in the next twenty years ...

Update 6/24: The story is probably a deceptive plant. Makes sense that the torture was more entangled with the "good cop" routine than the NYT tells us.

1 comment:

alanbooker said...

“This is part of my duty as an American citizen.” I only wish I could have some hope that such a trail might come into being!

Congress certainly is not acting upon any articles impeachment, not a good sign.