Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Who Would Jesus Torture?

While El Presidente is demanding that his "program" be allowed to continue with Congressional blessing, the one using "alternative methods" to get information from "dangerous terrorists," no one ever asks -- certainly not the mainstream media -- just how it's KNOWN that these people are in fact what Bush says they are. Not that anyone would get a straight answer.

Interesting case study comes to light this a.m.

1. Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, Canadian intelligence agents, "under pressure to find terrorists after the attacks," falsely fingered an Ottawa computer consultant and his wife, a university economist, as dangerous radicals. The Canadian authorities put the couple on the al-Qaeda watchlist, "without justification."

2. The Canadian authorities further suggested that the computer consultant was in Washington, D.C., on the day of the attacks. He wasn't. He was in San Diego on business.

3. On Sept. 26, 2002, the computer guy was detained by U.S. authorities as he changed planes in New York. "He was held for questioning for 12 days, then flown by jet to Jordan and driven to Syria. He was beaten, forced to confess to having trained in Afghanistan -- where he never has been -- and then kept in a coffin-size dungeon for 10 months before he was released."

4. This is part of El Presidente's "program" -- "extraordinary rendition" of prisoners to foreign countries with zero squeamishness about torture, so that Mr. Bush can claim with a straight face "We don't torture." Amazing what lies a person will admit to under "alternative methods."

5. These facts came out in a Canadian judicial commission report.

6. U.S. officials refused to cooperate with the Canadian inquiry.

7. The falsely accused and thoroughly tortured computer consultant filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court, but the case was dismissed by a U.S. judge citing "national security" issues. Yeah, right. It would definitely harm national security for Americans to find out what assholes our government has become.

8. "Since Sept. 11, the CIA, working with other intelligence agencies, has captured an estimated 3,000 people in its effort to dismantle terrorist networks. Many of them have been secretly taken by 'extraordinary rendition' to other countries, hidden from U.S. legal requirements and often subject to torture."

9. El Presidente's piety about Jesus Christ continues unabated, while many ordinary Americans follow him down the rabbit hole of justifying as "godly" every action by this current regime.

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