Unlike the military's prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba -- where 180 prisoners have been freed after a review of their cases -- there is no tribunal or judge to check the evidence against those picked up by the CIA. The same bureaucracy that decides to capture and transfer a suspect for interrogation-- a process called "rendition" -- is also responsible for policing itself for errors. The CIA inspector general is investigating a growing number of what it calls "erroneous renditions," according to several former and current intelligence officials. . . . "They picked up the wrong people, who had no information. In many, many cases there was only some vague association" with terrorism, one CIA officer said. While the CIA admitted to Germany's then-Interior Minister Otto Schily that it had made a mistake, it has labored to keep the specifics of Masri's case from becoming public. As a German prosecutor works to verify or debunk Masri's claims of kidnapping and torture, the part of the German government that was informed of his ordeal has remained publicly silent. Masri's attorneys say they intend to file a lawsuit in U.S. courts this week. Masri was held for five months largely because the head of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center's al Qaeda unit "believed he was someone else," one former CIA official said. "She didn't really know. She just had a hunch."
SHE DIDN’T REALLY KNOW Does anyone know if “she” still has a job?
How stupid does Ms. Priest think Washington Post readers are exactly? It would be a lot fairer too, let me suggest, if Priest also operated openly, and told the world just who it is that planted this story, including savory tidbits of inside gossip about “a former Soviet analyst with spiked hair that matched her in-your-face personality who heads the CTC’s al Qaeda unit,” who it is who is recklessly prepared to discredit and compromise US efforts to prevent terrorist attacks on large Western civilian population targets in order to avenge in-house slights, bring down rivals, and gain partisan political advantage.
YEAH, IT ALL COMES back to domestic politics. For advantage. Or something.
SEPTEMBER ELEVENTH CHANGED EVERYTHING and it looks like it wasn’t all for the good.
"It was the Camelot of counterterrorism," a former counterterrorism official said. "We didn't have to mess with others -- and it was fun." Thousands of tips and allegations about potential threats poured in after the attacks. Stung by the failure to detect the plot, CIA officers passed along every tidbit. The process of vetting and evaluating information suffered greatly, former and current intelligence officials said. "Whatever quality control mechanisms were in play on September 10th were eliminated on September 11th," a former senior intelligence official said.
YEAH, IT WAS FUN Fun when your family doesn’t see you for months and our captors don’t have to give a shit response because they don’t have to mess with others, just with you. We will go on doing what we do worst best. Everybody else can just back off.
THE WHITE HOUSE MAY have a perception problem. What is fun and what is wrong? Contrary to in house reports at the White House, all is not white where they walk. Black is still black. The new black rhetoric that obfuscates on “black site” CIA prisons resonates because. . . the policy is wrong. Black and white, dumbass, wrong.
Convinced that the media, rather than Europe’s leaders, are making the biggest fuss about reports of “black sites” housing top Al-Qaeda prisoners, Rice has decided she can afford to brush off mounting criticism of America’s human rights record. The White House adopted an aggressive tone when Scott McClellan, the presidential spokesman, said on Friday that George W Bush did not condone torture. “When it comes to human rights, there is no greater leader than the United States of America,” he said.