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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Not only should you believe us when we say we don't torture, just stop asking the damn questions, willya...?

what's going on here...? imho, the effort to inure us to the existence of torture as an accepted policy of government is continuing full-force... bush will veto any bill curtailing interrogation practices (see previous post) and will spare no effort to prevent us from knowing exactly what is being done in our name...
The Bush administration told a federal judge it was not obligated to preserve videotapes of CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists and urged the court not to look into the tapes' destruction.

In court documents filed Friday night, government lawyers told U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy that demanding information about the tapes would interfere with current investigations by Congress and the Justice Department.

It was the first time the government had addressed the issue of the videotapes in court.

Kennedy ordered the administration in June 2005 to safeguard "all evidence and information regarding the torture, mistreatment, and abuse of detainees now at the United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay."

Five months later, the CIA destroyed the interrogation videos. The recordings involved suspected terrorists Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri

Government lawyers told Kennedy the tapes were not covered by his court order because Zubaydah and al-Nashiri were not at the Guantanamo military prison in Cuba. The men were being held overseas in a network of secret CIA prisons. By the time President Bush acknowledged the existence of those prisons and the prisoners were transferred to Guantanamo, the tapes had been destroyed.

criminals are running our government... denying that fact merely prolongs their tenure and reinforces their power over us... accepting that fact without active resistance signals our defeat... so, what can we do...? if nothing else, we can insure that the truth is spread far and wide... spreading truth is an act of reclaiming our own power... truth-tellers are powerful in every society and, by doing nothing else but speaking and spreading the truth, we are doing important work...

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