"Scary & Scarier" - RHINO'S BLOG 2/8/05
- CIA Renditions of Terror Suspects Are 'Out of Control', Agence France-Presse
- Paranoia Grips the U.S. Capital, The Toronto Sun
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"There has always been a segment of American life, and a powerful
segment, too, which equated virtue with mindlessness. In this
connection, the House Un-American Activities Committee is on of the
most sinister facts of our national life."
- - James Baldwin, from "A Quarter-Century of Un-Americana" (Marzani
& Munsell, 1963)
KNOW YOUR HISTORY - January 8th
1942 -- US Congress Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)
recommends removing Japanese nationals from the Pacific Coast states
for the duration of World War II, & interning them at least 500 miles
inland in the Land of Freedom.
I don't really want to scare anyone, but I just thought y'all ought
to know what's going on with our tax dollars & supposedly in our
name. The 1st piece is scary. The Bottom Line is Scarier.
CIA Renditions of Terror Suspects Are 'Out of Control:' Report
Agence France-Presse, 06 February 2005
The Central Intelligence Agency's 'rendition' of suspected terrorists
has spiralled 'out of control' according to a former FBI agent, cited
in a report which examined how CIA detainees are spirited to states
suspected of using torture.Michael Scheuer a former CIA
counterterrorism agent told The New Yorker magazine "all we've done
is create a nightmare," with regard to the top secret practice of
renditions. In an article titled 'Outsourcing Torture' due to hit
newsstands this week, the magazine claims suspects, sometimes picked
up by the CIA, are often flown to Egypt , Morocco, Syria and Jordan ,
"each of which is known to use torture in interrogations." The report
said suspects are given few, if any, legal protections.
Despite US laws that ban America from expelling or extraditing
individuals to countries where torture occurs, Scott Horton -- an
expert on international law who has examined CIA renditions --
estimates that 150 people have been picked up in the CIA dragnet
since 2001. The New Yorker report said that suspects in Europe,
Africa, Asia and the Middle East "have been abducted by hooded or
masked American agents" and then sometimes forced onto a white
Gulfstream V jet. The jet -- marked on its tail by the code N379P
which has recently been changed to N8068V -- "has been registered to
a series of dummy American corporations ... (and) has clearance to
land at US military bases," it said...
RHINO'S BOTTOM LINE
Paranoia Grips the U.S. Capital
By Eric Margolis, The Toronto Sun, 06 February 2005
The film Seven Days In May is one of my all-time favourites. The
gripping 1964 drama, starring Burt Lancaster, depicts an attempted
coup by far rightists in Washington using a top-secret Pentagon
anti-terrorist unit called something like "Contelinpro." Life
imitates art. This week, former military intelligence analyst William
Arkin revealed a hitherto unknown directive, with the Orwellian name
"JCS Conplan 0300-97," authorizing the Pentagon to employ special,
ultra-secret "anti-terrorist" military units on American soil for
what the author claims are "extra-legal missions." In other words,
using U.S. soldiers to kill or arrest Americans, acts that have been
illegal since the U.S. Civil War.
This frightening news comes as Washington is gripped by reborn,
Cold-War-style paranoia, ominous threats of war against Iran from the
real president, Dick Cheney, and a titanic bureaucratic battle just
won by Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Instead of being fired for
the grotesque military-political fiasco in Iraq and the shameful
torture scandals, Rumsfeld has just managed to create a new, Pentagon
spy/special ops organization, blandly named "Strategic Support
Branch," that will replace or duplicate many of the CIA's tasks. The
CIA has been sent to the doghouse. Too many CIA veterans criticized
or contradicted Bush's and Cheney's phony claims over Iraq and
terrorism. So Bush has imposed a new, yes-man director on the agency,
slashed its budgets, purged its senior officers, and downgraded CIA
to third-class status.
Rumsfeld's new, massively funded SSB will become the Pentagon's CIA,
complete with commando units, spies, mercenary forces, intelligence
gathering and analysis, and a direct line to the White House. The
Pentagon has just effectively taken over the spy business...
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