CIA Torture โ€” Down the Memory Hole

November 16th, 2006 - by admin

Kurt Nimmo / Another Day in the Empire – 2006-11-16 23:17:22

(November 4, 2006) โ€” According to the CIA’s favorite newspaper, the Washington Post, the unitary decider administration “has told a federal judge that terrorism suspects held in secret CIA prisons should not be allowed to reveal details of the ‘alternative interrogation methods’ that their captors used to get them to talk.”

According to the government, these “alternative interrogation methods,” actually brutal medieval torture techniques updated to include sexual humiliation, are “now among the nation’s most sensitive national security secrets” and any release of information about the systematic sadism of the state against largely innocent victims, especially released to the attorneys of the victims, “could reasonably be expected to cause extremely grave damage” to the torture and murder state, now a bestial leviathan with tentacles stretching around the world.

Naturally, as should be expected from a newspaper long ago compromised by the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird, the Washington Post proffers the government version of events, assuming all of the unforunate abducted, tortured, and incarcerated, likely forever, are terrorists or linked to “al-Qaeda,” the CIA-ISI created monstrosity.

“Terrorists could use the information to train in counter-interrogation techniques and foil government efforts to elicit information about their methods and plots, according to government documents submitted to U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton on Oct. 26,” the newspaper reports.

“Kathleen Blomquist, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said yesterday that details of the CIA program must be protected from disclosure. She said the lawyer’s proposal for talking with [Majid Khan, a U.S. citizen tortured at CIA “black” sites] ‘is inadequate to protect unique and potentially highly classified information that is vital to our country’s ability to fight terrorism,'” that is to say “terrorism” created by the CIA, MI6, Pakistan’s ISI, and Mossad. Of course, allowing Khan to talk with a lawyer has nothing to do with national security or terrorism, not Islamic terrorism anyway, and everything to do with protecting the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program from public scrutiny.

“Government lawyers also argue in court papers that detainees such as Khan previously held in CIA sites have no automatic right to speak to lawyers because the new Military Commissions Act, signed by President Bush last month, stripped them of access to U.S. courts. That law established separate military trials for terrorism suspects,” the Post continues.

It will, soon enough, strip the rest of us from court access, that is after the unitary decider or one of his minions designates those of us in opposition to the neocons and their emerging police state as “unlawful combatants,” thus posing the question: how long until the spanking new Ministry of Homeland Security camps, constructed by Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root, are transformed into “black sites,” containing “black rooms” complete with the latest in torture techniques, including, for the male members of the resistance, lacerating the penis with scalpels and razorblades?

If you doubt this sort of sadism in the name of the American people exists, listen to The Spider Web: Kidnapping, Dungeons, and Torture, by Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone,

Kurt Nimmo is a photographer and multimedia developer in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Nimmo is a contributor to Cockburn and St. Clair’s, The Politics of Anti-Semitism. A collection of his essays for CounterPunch, Another Day in the Empire: Life in Neoconservative America, with an introduction by Jeffrey St. Clair is now available through Dandelion Books: $17.95 trade paperback. He can be reached at:

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