German politicians expressed surprise on Thursday at reported U.S. comments that Washington had apologized and paid money to a German citizen it abducted to Afghanistan and held for months as a terrorist suspect.Can anything be done to restore the credibility of the United States? I'm a practical guy and can recognize the fact that some of these detainees could be lying when they say they have been tortured, but how many stories do we have to hear that have a consistent plot-line to admit that there is a gigantic problem?
The case of Khaled el-Masri, who is suing the Central Intelligence Agency for wrongful imprisonment and torture, took a new twist with comments from Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in parliament on Wednesday.
Schaeuble shed new light on a conversation on May 31, 2004, between his predecessor Otto Schily and then-U.S. ambassador Daniel Coats, at which Coats first told the German government that one of its citizens had been detained.
Coats had said that Masri "had received an apology, agreed to keep quiet and been paid a sum of money," Schaeuble said.
It makes me sick.