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Sunday, February 12, 2006

If a tree falls...

UK TimesOnline -- CIA chief sacked for opposing torture:
The CIA’s top counter-terrorism official was fired last week because he opposed detaining Al-Qaeda suspects in secret prisons abroad, sending them to other countries for interrogation and using forms of torture such as "water boarding", intelligence sources have claimed.

Robert Grenier, head of the CIA counter-terrorism centre, was relieved of his post after a year in the job. One intelligence official said he was "not quite as aggressive as he might have been" in pursuing Al-Qaeda leaders and networks.

Vincent Cannistraro, a former head of counter-terrorism at the agency, said: "It is not that Grenier wasn't aggressive enough, it is that he wasn't 'with the programme'. He expressed misgivings about the secret prisons in Europe and the rendition of terrorists."
At the time of the firing, it was reported in the states that:
The head of the CIA's counter-terrorism center was forced to step down Monday over concerns that he was not aggressive enough in leading the agency's pursuit of Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, current and former intelligence officials said.
Now we learn, not from US media reporting, but from the Brits, that because he has a moral compass, he's deemed unfit for the job.

Then, there's this from TalkLeft:
The U.S. is helping to build a new prison for terrorists in Morocco. The prison compound is run by the Morrocan Secret Police.

George Bush says we don't engage in torture, so there's nothing to worry about, right? Not according to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch:
What have we become? Is the US press not reporting this because, well, because we supposedly don't do torture? We sure seem to have an awful lot of evidence that says otherwise.

I, for one, am glad to see that more people are standing firm on their principles. However, like a tree falling in the woods when no one is about, one has to wonder if an article about the real reason behind a resignation (or firing) such as this, and reporting on what is really going on with this administration's war on terror, are only published in a paper that many, of not most, Americans have likely never heard of, will it make a sound?


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