Aren’t you outraged by this leak? Don’t you want to question the political motives of the leaker, and explore the national security implications?
Quite possibly. Be careful of what you ask for.
The existence and locations of the facilities – referred to as “black sites” in classified White House, CIA, Justice Department and congressional documents – are known to only a handful of officials in the United States and, usually, only to the president and a few top intelligence officers in each host country.
However, at the same time, it doesn’t look like enough information has been revealed to cause issue at this point, and it looks like the WP checked with government officials and asked what would be appropriate to report.
The Washington Post is not publishing the names of the Eastern European countries involved in the covert program, at the request of senior U.S. officials. They argued that the disclosure might disrupt counterterrorism efforts in those countries and elsewhere and could make them targets of possible terrorist retaliation.
However, I think everyone should understand the long term threat involved in having government run secret detention centers where the interred have no rights. All you need to do get some innocent people mired into this and you have a world of hurt.
Yes, I know, it’s a war, a war on terror dammit, but eventually this thing will be abused if it is allowed to continue indefinately.
Honestly, while it is great to talk about any and all means necessary, I question whether it is really necessary. Shoot and kill people when they are caught planning and committing acts. Do your best within the framework of civilized authority to combat it.
Don’t resort to shady practices which are perhaps at best a single step above the antics of terrorists themselves. When are people going to learn that doing things like this just serves to reaffirm the viewpoints of enemies?
Those stories we all dismiss as silly conspiracy theories are believed around the world, partially, because of things like this.
Personally, I believe the US should be a beacon during troubled times. It should act as a paragon of both virtue and strength. You don’t do that by covertly maintaining little torture camps outside of the country and breaking all of your own laws within them with glee – since they aren’t on your own soil and the laws don’t have to apply.
What, if anything, does the US really stand for these days? And if it stands for it, should it not uphold it?
Sigh. As much as I bash the Bush administration on here, I have a lot of hope for the US, and would like it to represent something important and progressive for humanity, but honestly, I keep being let down.[/quote]
Your assertions have been defanged by a Canadian…