Bush’s legacy: ‘black sites’

By Odd Man Out

George W. Bush is in semi-seclusion, presumably clearing brush. Dick Cheney has a new heart. But is there any way America can recover from the damage done to its reputation by these odious men and their gang of fellow war criminals? And what about the countries that Bush used to host his CIA-controlled “black sites?” From Juan Cole:

Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk is now more or less admitting what has long been suspected: The Bush administration established a secret CIA prison in Poland and had Polish security officials help torture al-Qaeda suspects there.

These steps were unconstitutional in Poland on two grounds: first, high Polish officials surrendered sovereignty over Polish territory to the US Central Intelligence Agency. Second, torture is forbidden in Poland. In addition, it contravenes European Union conventions and treaties.

Poland had only escaped the grip of the Soviet Union in 1989, and so its democracy was a fledgling one. For the Bush administration to seduce its high officials into committing torture risked permanently marring its politics and undermining that democracy. Polish human rights workers have been deeply critical of Soviet-era torture, and to be put in the position of having to acknowledge this practice in their own country weakens their moral standing and besmirches the name of those tortured in the Stalinist era.

Waterboarding and extreme stress techniques are also illegal in US law and practice.

2 thoughts on “Bush’s legacy: ‘black sites’

  1. We shipped prisoners to Egypt and Syria, to name two, to be tortured as well. Iran refused to do our dirty work, although they did help us with other matters. But let’s not forget that House members and Senators were aware of and sanctioned these war crimes. Look at the people sitting on the Intelligence Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee in 2001-2005. Keep in mind that the president can not do anything that the Congress does not fund. Gitmo would close in a New York minute if Congress stopped funding it.

  2. “So, I, George the 43rd can’t travel to Poland now. Well tough titties, I’ve already been there and done that.”

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