Saturday, February 7, 2009


Pam Hess reports: The Obama administration will not prosecute CIA officers who participated in harsh interrogations that critics say crossed the line into torture, CIA Director-nominee Leon Panetta said Friday. Asked by The Associated Press if that was official policy, Panetta said, "That is the case."

Friday, February 06, 2009
Only Sorta Reality Based
by digby
At the insistence of semi-insane GOP senator Kit Bond, Panetta just retracted his statement from yesterday that the United States' extraordinary rendition program had kidnapped terrorists suspects and transferred them to other countries to be tortured. He wasforced to say that they had been transferred to be "questioned," and had to promise that he would never say such a thing again and would make sure that nobody who worked for him ever said anything else -- We're still in the up is down, black is white, "you can believe me or you can believe your lyin' eyes" era. In Washington, credibility is determined by how well you deny reality.

Yes, I get emotional about Torture! 2 Minute Very Effective Video

Bush intimidated Britain over letting out torture evidence

Various from US: Bill of Rights Defense Committee:

- catch these quick as there may as yet be no long archives - please help get this url out as it's a little known treasure of a link daily -- also here :

2/7, Kathy Gannon, Associated Press, Guantanamo prisoner returns, and is arrested again

2/7, Editorial, Los Angeles Times, Torture on trial?

2/7, Peter Finn & Dan Eggen, Washington Post, Obama Talks to Sept. 11, USS Cole Families About Guantanamo Prison

2/6, Corey McKenna, Government Technology, Homeland Security Intelligence Bill Aims to Improve Sharing

2/6, Agence France-Presse, Hearing on CIA rendition a test for Obama: rights group

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