Friday, February 06, 2009

CIA Agents Involved In Torture At Guantanamo Will Not Be Prosecuted

Another of myriad illustrations in which Intel agents who commit horrific crimes will not be prosecuted; such a lack of checks and balances has allowed for the Nazi establishment operating within the U.S. Intel community to function with both complete furtiveness, as well as sacrosanct authority which will not be challenged by our legislators; even when these federal agents are in the commission of murder and treasonous crimes against the American people.

Such a lack of accountability encourages federal agents to perpetrate both treasonous and color of law crimes, knowing that they will never be made to answer for them. The FBI, CIA and NSA in particular are notorious for committing such color of law crimes, which are quietly sanctioned by the Department of Justice and presidential administrations, as well as the U.S. Congress itself.

Furthermore, why would the President of the United States or our elected officials want to make enemies of Intel agencies knowing that these organizations could engineer their murders, just as they did the late John F. Kennedy's? One must conclude that since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, our presidents and congressional representatives are frightened of the military intelligence complex in this country, and as such, will not hold them accountable for their crimes committed under the color of law.

This lack of accountability has allowed for the destruction of our constitutional protections under the United States Bill of Rights.

For instance, have our elected representatives held the Intel community responsible for the attacks on 9-11? No, they have instead adopted the official 9-11 mega lie, which has turned our entire government into an aider and abettor of high crimes of treason.

The only elected official who actually tried to investigate Intel after the attacks on 9-11 was soon set upon by the FBI, in an extremely questionable investigation timed to coincide with his reelection campaign. Former Senator Robert Torricelli. An investigation which destroyed both his reputation and career, yet did not result in his incarceration.

Perhaps because the FBI's investigation of Senator Torricelli may in fact have turned out to be an entrapment scheme used to punish him for attempting to hold the U.S. Intelligence community at least partially responsible for the attacks on 9-11?

Maybe it is time for the American people to petition the U.S. Congress to abolish the FBI.

Panetta, off to a predictable start:

Panetta: No prosecution for CIA interrogators

Feb 6, 1:28 PM (ET)


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration will not prosecute CIA officers who participated in harsh interrogations that critics say crossed the line into torture, CIA Director-nominee Leon Panetta said Friday.

Asked by The Associated Press if that was official policy, Panetta said, "That is the case."

It was the clearest statement yet on what Panetta and other Democratic officials had only strongly suggested: CIA officers who acted on legal orders from the Bush administration would not be held responsible for those policies. On Thursday, he told senators that the Obama administration had no intention of seeking prosecutions for that reason.

Panetta, in an interview with the AP after a second day of confirmation hearings with the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that he arrived at that conclusion even before he began meeting with CIA officials.

"It was my opinion we just can't operate if people feel even if they are following the legal opinions of the Justice Department" they could be in danger of prosecution, he said.

Panetta demurred on saying whether the Obama administration would take legal action against those who authorized or wrote the legal opinions that, for a time, set an extremely high legal bar for an action to constitute torture.

"I'll leave that for others," Panetta said.

Panetta, a former chief of staff in the Clinton administration and an ex-congressman from California, is expected to be confirmed by a wide margin next week.

Panetta told the committee that the Obama administration will continue to hand foreign detainees over to other countries for questioning, but only if it is confident the prisoners will not be tortured in the process.

That has long been U.S. policy, but some former prisoners subjected to the process - known as "extraordinary rendition" - during the Bush administration's anti-terror war contend they were tortured. Proving that in court has proven difficult, as evidence they are trying to use has been protected by the president's state secret privilege.

"I will seek the same kind of assurances that they will not be treated inhumanely," Panetta said during his second day before the Senate Intelligence Committee. "I intend to use the State Department to be sure those assurances are implemented and stood by, by those countries."

Some critics worry that any gray area in delineating policy on renditions could allow for abuses.

A detainee could be handed over to another country for reasons other than harsh or coercive questioning. Some prisoners may not have intelligence of value to the United States in its effort to break up global terrorist groups, but they might yield intelligence valuable to another government's more localized security problems.

How such renditions work and what happens after prisoners are handed over are secrets, and it is unclear that the Obama administration would have any more tools to assure humane treatment than its predecessor.

The options are limited: refuse to transfer prisoners to governments that have a history of torture or human rights abuses; require prisoners be allowed regular visits by the International Committee of the Red Cross; or demand that U.S. officials have access to the prisoners after the transfer. Each option carries with it the potential of harming or complicating relationships with foreign intelligence agencies.

Panetta formally retracted a statement he made Thursday that the Bush administration transferred prisoners for the purpose of torture.

"I am not aware of the validity of those claims," he said.

Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., chastised Panetta for careless words. "You cannot be making statements or making judgments based on rumors and news stories," he said.

Because he has not yet been confirmed, Panetta has not been briefed on the details of the secret program.

Panetta said he believed the Bush administration was trying to protect the country from terrorists with its use of secret prisons, renditions and harsh interrogations.

"I think they made some wrong decisions, I think they made mistakes," he said. "I think sometimes they believe the ends justifies the means, and that's where people sometimes go wrong."

Panetta said he thinks that in the fear of another Sept. 11-style attack, Bush administration officials thought, "We can't be bothered with legalisms."

Panetta said, however, that he believes the greatest weapon the United States has against terrorists is its moral authority and commitment to the rule of law.

"The sense that we were willing to set that aside did damage our security," he said.

Panetta said the Obama administration will no longer move detainees to secret CIA prisons for interrogation, because the so-called "black sites" have been ordered closed. But it will move prisoners to other countries for prosecution, he said.
untitled.bmp (image)


Wikio - Top Blogs

"The Mother Of All Black Ops" Earns A Wikio's Top Blog Rating

Julian Assange's WikiLeaks Alternative Media's Been Wrongfully Bankrupted By The U.S. Military Intelligence Complex

Rating for

Website Of The Late Investigative Journalist Sherman Skolnick