Friday, 12 December 2014

"We tortured some folks"

John Kiriakou - The only person to go to jail due to the CIA's illegal torturing.  Why him? Waterbaording?  Rectal force feeding?  Nope! It's because ex CIA agent John Kiriakou is a whistleblower.
 "I believe I was prosecuted not for what I did but for who I am: a CIA officer who said torture was wrong and ineffective and went against the grain,"
In a similar way when Eric Garner was arrested for allegedly selling illegal 'loosies' (single cigarettes) he was strangled to death in the chokehold of a New York cop, but has that cop or any other cop on the scene been indicted? Nope.  Is Ramsey Orta, the guy who filmed it on his phone in trouble?  Of course he is!

Then there's Edward Snowdon and Bradley/Chelsea Manning the more famous cases amongst many others who are locked up or on the run for exposing truths.

In the words of John Lennon
"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it."
Back to the original subject- Of the 6000 page report on CIA torture only 600 pages have been released. The other 5400 pages will likely never be public.  We can only assume the 600 released pages is the tame stuff.   Tying prisoners to beds and making them stand on broken legs for dozens of hours is pretty tame right?  The report reveals that president Bush knew all about the program in 2006 but during a speech in 2007 declared "This government does not torture people.".  Presumably he does not consider depriving someone of sleep for 180 hours as torture then.  Locking someone in a coffin sized box for hours on end?  blasting food up someones anus?  Naaah! that's not torture.
Then there's our mate Obama who this year in August pre-empting the release of this report admitted that well yes we do torture people, and he put it like this.....
"We tortured some folks."
And on the subject of those who did the torturing.....
 "You know, it's important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job that those folks had. A lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots, but having said all that, we did some things that were wrong."
Good to see at least the president takes it seriously then!

You will notice that official statements and news reports are sure to keep mentioning 9/11 but the uncomfortable truth is that most of the hundreds of detainees were being wrongfully held without charge and not a single case of torture led to any meaningful information.  Of the 20 cases actually deemed a success none of them led to any unique intelligence that wasn't otherwise unavailable.  In other words they were torturing innocent people!

In the UK did the Blair regime know what was going on?  Of course they did.  Is the UK's role in CIA torture being concealed?  Of course it is.

Apart from whistleblowers will anyone involved at the CIA or anyone in a position of power in the Government go down for this?  Haha! Will they fuck!

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