America - Where Even Torture Is Classified
Seems that the CIA is trying to prevent a "high-value" detainee from talking to his lawyer because it might reveal details about how and where the suspect was tortured. Specifically, agency Infomation Review Officer Marilyn Dorn argues that such information is classified TOP-SECRET/SCI because its disclosure would be very damaging, allowing our enemies to develop ways of resisting harsh interrogation techniques.
But frankly, this is all a Bu$hCo smokescreen. Under the Military Commissions Act, detainees have no access to the US court system. So Majid Kahn's lack of access to his lawyer is not relevant. Moreover, Bu$hCo has shown no reluctance to talk about interrorgation techniques when they feel it's in their interest to do so, making the disclosure issue irrelevant as well.
What is not irrelevant is a court ruling stating that prison locations and torture techniques are TOP-SECRET information, because with such a ruling in hand, Bu$hCo could go after anybody--a citizen, a lawyer, a reporter, an editor--anybody who might be tempted to embarrass the administration.
Bu$hCo couldn't care less about detainees, their target here is the public and the press--their goal is to put in place a mechanism for silencing their critics.
Ron...this one is subtle, but could have devastating effects on the press.
If the accusations against the “high-value” individual in the article are true I don’t see why he could not have been brought to trial without "alternate interrogation". Bush has made a mockery of the U.S. justice system.
Does tinfoil shrink in the dryer?
They gave Der Fuehrer the right too arrest American Citizens, hold and detain them for as long as they want, with no right to a Court Hearing.
They can arrest Kvatch, me and you for voicing comments that they feel are a Hostile Act against the United States and label us enemy combatants.
They don't give a Fuck about what anyone thinks. He's the Decider and he will Decide whats best for us.
Is that clear or do you still think he gives a damn.
Those Treasonous Traitors also gave him the power now to Federalize Troops against States wishes and use them in other States against there wishs. They would be used against American Citizens who are marching, protesting or dissenting against the Government. We are under a Dictatorship and if things go as I think they will on Tuesday he may show his true evil to all of us shortly after he loses all his support in the Congress.
Be ready to see the madman totally lose it. It won't be pretty, thats for sure.
God Bless all.
Getting the information classified as TS/SCI makes the penalty for disclosing it anything up to and including the death penalty. That'll pretty much give the administration veto power over the press w.r.t. reporting on anything having to do with secret prisons, torture, or indefinite detention.
Bush won't admit mistakes because he doesn't want to be seen as weak. He seems to think he is infallible, or he seems to want to portray himself as such, so any deviation from his plans (which are apparently set in stone) would represent weakness.
He won't admit Iraq is a mistake or that things are not going well there; that his efforts on Social Security were flawed and mistaken; he won't fire Cheney or Rumsfeld... Anything Bush does at this point will be with an aim toward trying to make him and his party look the "least worst" they can.
What a freaking topsy turvy world.
I cry harder when I realize that some people still believe he was a better choice than Mr. Gore or Mr. Kerry.
My entire heart goes straight out of me when I realize that some of those people are in my immediate family and nothing that I say or do is going to reverse the damage done by Rush Limbauh, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly and Fox News.
I will vote on Tuesday. But I will not watch the election results. I don't have the strength left to watch my country being destroyed by "faulty" voting machines and election theft yet again.
I was angry during the Vietnam era. This time I'm depressed, sad and heartsick.
Sewmouse, take heart. The Local Crank said something interesting on a different post. He mentioned that the creation of uniform election standards is solely in the hands of the House...may not even be subject to the executive (as in a veto). If true, a motivated House could at least correct the issue of a flawed election process. Here's to hoping.
Fred, change...sure, but revolutionary change...not so sure.
Kafka-esque doesn't do it justice. This is 'Alice in Wonderland.'