Sunday, December 04, 2005


Reality vs. The Bush League: Human Rights Respected?

The Bush League's message as spouted by Condoleeza Rice and Scott McClellan:"Trust us, we're the US Government?"
Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern told the New York Times that Ms Rice told him in Washington that she expected allies to trust that America does not allow rights abuses.
On Friday White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that the US does not violate human rights.

"When it comes to human rights, there is no greater leader than the United States of America, and we show that by holding people accountable when they break the law or violate human rights," he said.
(Source: BBC News Rice 'to talk tough on CIA claim', Dec. 4, 2005)
Reality paints a different picture:
Wrongful Imprisonment: Anatomy of a CIA Mistake
German Citizen Released After Months in 'Rendition'

By Dana Priest
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 4, 2005; Page A01

In May 2004, the White House dispatched the U.S. ambassador in Germany to pay an unusual visit to that country's interior minister. Ambassador Daniel R. Coats carried instructions from the State Department transmitted via the CIA's Berlin station because they were too sensitive and highly classified for regular diplomatic channels, according to several people with knowledge of the conversation.

Coats informed the German minister that the CIA had wrongfully imprisoned one of its citizens, Khaled Masri, for five months, and would soon release him, the sources said. There was also a request: that the German government not disclose what it had been told even if Masri went public. The U.S. officials feared exposure of a covert action program designed to capture terrorism suspects abroad and transfer them among countries, and possible legal challenges to the CIA from Masri and others with similar allegations.
The CIA inspector general is investigating a growing number of what it calls "erroneous renditions," according to several former and current intelligence officials.

One official said about three dozen names fall in that category; others believe it is fewer. The list includes several people whose identities were offered by al Qaeda figures during CIA interrogations, officials said. One turned out to be an innocent college professor who had given the al Qaeda member a bad grade, one official said.

"They picked up the wrong people, who had no information. In many, many cases there was only some vague association" with terrorism, one CIA officer said.
(Emphasis added.)
The next step for W and his Bush League minions is to find some low-level operatives and charge them with "misinterpreting" Rumsfeld's and Cheney's orders.

Note that many of these innocents were picked up after they were identified "by al Qaeda figures during CIA interrogations." In other words, torturing the "high value" al Qaeda folks yielded bad intelligence. One can speculate an al Qaeda cell agreeing upon some mutually disliked but innocent person for them to identify as their leader if captured. If that person suddenly "disappears" - the rest of the group knows their buddy was grabbed by the CIA.


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