Sitting pretty 13 July 2011Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, AFRICOM, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Somalia, Total fucking lunatics, WAR!.
A green tree frog sits on a water lily, Central Florida, United States, 2010 [Joanne Williams / Rex Features]
Winning the Future!
Was there ever a worse joke?
Democracy NOW had Jeremy Scahill on, about a new prison in Mogadishu that is in plain site, but also a sescret CIA facility. Certainly the ICRC did not know of it…
[A]s far as the interrogations go inside of this basement prison, the U.S. official that was made available to me for this story said that the U.S. does not directly interrogate prisoners, we jointly “debrief” suspects with Somali agents present—again, it’s all a semantic game—and insisted that it’s only happened a few times in the past year.
AMY GOODMAN: And what is the significance of this?
JEREMY SCAHILL: In January of 2009, President Obama signed a series of executive orders that were intended to end the practices that President Bush and Vice President Cheney had implemented in the war on terror that candidate Obama had denounced on the campaign trail: torture, secret prisons, renditions. And CIA Director Leon Panetta said in April of 2009 that the U.S. was in the process of decommissioning all of its secret prison sites. Two months later, Hassan is rendered to a secret prison in Somalia. . . . .
Drum roll, please – and let’s hear that oh-so-energetic exhortation to the voter, about the “lesser of two evils”…