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Mock Executions, Power Drills and Power Plays: The Curdling of Justice

The CIA reacts defensively today to breaking disclosures from Newsweek and the Washington Post, disclosures that the spy organization used power drills and mock executions in its interrogations of the indefinitely detained. The threat of imminent death in interrogation is specifically declared illegal by 18 USC 2340. The CIA’s defense?

This has all been looked at; professionals in the Department of Justice decided if and when to pursue prosecution. That’s how the system was supposed to work, and that’s how it did work.

That was CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano, waving his hands as if to make the illegal behavior go away. But in order to believe that Department of Justice review solves the problem of the U.S. Government conducting mock executions and brandishing power drills, you have to conclude that the Department of Justice is an impartial body. Under George W. Bush, the Department of Justice was turned into a decidedly partial body. Three Attorneys General were chosen for their willingness to go along with and defend, not stand apart from and adjudicate, Bush torture policy. Prosecutors were fired for having the wrong partisan affiliation or for failing to follow the demands of Bush administration political appointees.

So no, the CIA declaration that mock executions and the use of power drills become OK because the Bush Justice Department did a review does not soothe me, and it does not satisfy me. No. No. No.

2 comments to Mock Executions, Power Drills and Power Plays: The Curdling of Justice

  • ReMarker

    Nor I. I look forward to being entertained by broadcasts of the Bushys getting busted over the next years (It will take years to get most or all of the abuses on record). It is reported that Barry’s buddy Attn. Gen. Holder will be defining the actions our Justice Dept. will be taking in many of these matters in the very near future.

    This is an article by Daphne Eviatar of the Washington Independent, link here.

    Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly getting closer to appointing an independent prosecutor to investigate torture under the Bush administration. That’s making some CIA employees nervous.

    Greg Miller and Josh Meyer of The Los Angeles Times on Sunday confirmed earlier reports that Holder has reluctantly come around to thinking that he can’t avoid the fact that torture occurred at the hands of U.S. officials, and that U.S. and international law requires an investigation. Holder is reportedly only considering cases where CIA interrogators went beyond the rules established by the Bush administration’s lawyers, rather than investigating the legality of those rules themselves. But as I’ve written before, it’s not clear where such an inquiry would logically end. Investigating CIA functionaries low on the totem pole — which would involve re-opening cases previously dismissed by the Bush administration — would ultimately require looking into the orders they received from their superiors.
    Previous proposals to create commissions to undertake broader inquiries — from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) — have so far failed to win majority support in Congress.

    According to The LA Times, CIA officials are already nervous about Holder’s impending probe, with some even putting off their retirement or plans to leave the agency so they can maintain access to classified information they might need for their defense, or argue that as government officials they’re immune from suit. “Once you’re out, it gets a lot harder,” a retired CIA official told The Times.

  • qs

    The CIA doesn’t actually have a purpose other than skullduggery.

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