This month, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued its second semi-annual public report on its investigations of the activities of the United States government and the extent to which those activities violate the constitutional rights of everyday people. A juicy tidbit in that report seems to have escaped notice. Let’s cover it.
While the nation fusses and frets about the moral appropriateness of some guy holding a religious ceremony at his church and burning a few books that (let’s face it) won’t feel a thing, news is breaking that:
* The CIA operated secret “black site” detention and interrogation centers in Afghanistan, Poland, Thailand and possibly elsewhere [...]
The CIA and Blackwater were preparing to use foreign mercenaries in a criminal assassination conspiracy. When there are crimes this serious in high offices of the federal government, and perhaps in the White House itself, the American people deserve to know the whole truth, and the perpetrators deserve to be brought to justice. [...]
This heartfelt stupidity wasn’t merely a mistake. It was criminal. Conspiracy to commit torture is a violation against the Geneva Conventions and two separate criminal codes. [...]
If you want to know whether a practice has become regular within an organization, look for the form:
[Partially Declassified Inspector General Report page 219]
At the sight of a CIA form to document certification and recertification in torture techniques (so qualified under 18 USC 2340), some may be tempted to discuss the banality [...]
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 [...]
Why, more than half a year into the Democrat-run government, have we not yet seen one single serious public investigation into any of the Bush Administration crimes? For the sake of political advantage? So the Democrats would have the chance to enact their political agenda? The Democrats have managed to make an almost complete mess of that agenda anyway. The original crimes of the Bush Administration are now being compounded by the cowardice of Democrats too timid to merely demand that the Constitution of the United States, and the laws established under its authority, be honored and upheld. [...]