Sunday, February 01, 2009

Change You Can Believe In...Not

Periodic Special Torture Edition:

Item: President Obama preserves the right of the CIA to outsource torture, i.e., the euphemistic "extraordinary rendition," in which agents kidnap "suspected" terrorists, and transport them to countries who are willing and able to torture them at the US' behest. The mangling of the language to accomodate the conduct is notable:

"The role of the CIA's controversial prisoner-transfer program may expand, intelligence experts say." (emphasis Chaos')

Oh, and even better news: the US may "expand" the program. Nice. No, Chaos has no reason to change the belief that the US has become a rogue nation. For more, check out this one, an up close and personal look at the US military's torture school, which of course remains open (the writer of the piece calls for its closing: fat chance).

2 comments:

TheGame said...

If you accept the premise that the US is at war, the US has done nothing wrong. All branches of the US government have acknowledged we are at war.

What is your definition of torture?

Water boarding does not meet US or International definitions for torture. The European Court of Human Rights has stated that water boarding is not torture.

Chaos said...

alas, Chaos cannot help those who refuse to read the relevant provisions of the Geneva Convention, and insist on going along with the extensive redefinitions of the word with which the previous star-crossed Administration made itself notorious around the world. Nonetheless, Chaos strongly recommends reading some of the relevant portions of previous CIA interrogation manuals http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB122/index.htm#hre, along with Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine.