Wed 6 Sep 2006
So at least they admit that they are really deep admirers of Josef Stalin and his methods:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush on Wednesday acknowledged previously secret CIA prisons around the world and said 14 high-value terrorism suspects — including the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks — have been transferred from the system to Guantanamo Bay for trials.
He said a small number of detainees have been kept in CIA custody including people responsible for the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 in Yemen and the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in addition to the 2001 attacks.
'It has been necessary to move these individuals to an environment where they can be held secretly, questioned by experts and, when appropriate, prosecuted for terrorist acts,' Bush said in a White House speech. Families of some people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks made up part of the audience.
Bush would not detail interrogation techniques used through the program, saying only that they are tough but do not constitute torture. He did use language that suggested its nature, saying the CIA turned to an "alternative set of procedures" that were successful after Zubaydah and others had stopped providing information.
I believe the proper term for "environment" is (and Robo could corroborate this for me) Gulags and the proper term for "alternative set of procedures" is Torture. People have been seized and without any respect for due process moved to gulags and tortured. Ok, at least they've finally admitted it. "Due process" is a key principle of legal "equality." Our system's presumption of innocence and the according of certain protections to the accused to prevent incarceration at the whim of the state is an example of a part of that principle in action. The Bush Administration has dispensed with this pesky notion and now has the audacity to say it did so in the "interests of the people."
Another principle of equality under the state is the notion of justice. It seems that accordingly, an injustice done to one member of the society is an injustice to all since it violates the notion that we will all be treated equally and under certain rules by the State. Apparently being accused of terrorism removes you from those protections, and since the government gets to determine who is a suspected terrorist based on undisclosed (i.e. secret) evidence, why wouldn't it be easier to accuse a shoplifter of terrorism and send them to a gulag then to go through the expense and inconvenience of a trial? Why not torture them while you are at it, I'm sure they'll know where UBL is. Shit, the Soviets figured out that people will tell you anything under duress.