Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Secret Chambers of Torture

The reality of this nightmare makes me physically ill:
The CIA has been holding and interrogating al Qaeda captives at a secret facility in Eastern Europe, part of a covert prison system established after the September 11, 2001, attacks, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

The Soviet-era compound is part of a network that has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand and Afghanistan, the newspaper reported, citing U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement.


The newspaper said the existence and locations of the facilities were known only to a handful of officials in the United States and, usually, only to the president and a few top intelligence officers in each host country.

The CIA has not acknowledged the existence of a secret prison network, the Post said. A CIA spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment. (emphasis mine)

I can't even be angry. My revulsion from this news is numbing. Although it does make sense now that Cheney wants an exemption for the CIA to keep torturing detainees. From the Oct. 25th WaPo:

The Bush administration has proposed exempting employees of the Central Intelligence Agency from a legislative measure endorsed earlier this month by 90 members of the Senate that would bar cruel and degrading treatment of any prisoners in U.S. custody.

The proposal, which two sources said Vice President Cheney handed last Thursday to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the company of CIA Director Porter J. Goss, states that the measure barring inhumane treatment shall not apply to counterterrorism operations conducted abroad or to operations conducted by "an element of the United States government" other than the Defense Department. (emphasis mine)

How can ANYONE with a conscience support the Bush War Council? This is beyond anti-American, it's INHUMAN.

Wake me up from this nightmare...someone...anyone...PLEASE.

Full story can be found here.

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