Democrats having it both ways with the CIA

After my last article on Gitmo, the Obama administration scurried to prove it was looking for a prison by hurrying over to Michigan. Now we know that the government is trying to have it both ways with the CIA. On the one hand, the Democrats such as Pelosi say the CIA lied to her about torture.(1) On the other hand, despite these lies, the Democrats still trust the CIA to transfer classified information to Gitmo defense lawyers. It makes no sense.

Nancy Pelosi has been one of the top deciders the whole way along, as one of four most briefed officials in the Congress. Yet if the CIA lies on important detainee matters, then there is less and less explanation for why handling of prisoners goes forth in classified manners.

Although MIM has trashed the ACLU for not doing its job and just raising money, there is also a general criminal defense lawyers association looking at principles involved with prisons like Gitmo.


“In response to the accusations of compromising top secrets against the lawyers, Joshua L. Dratel, a former board member of the NACDL told The Washington Post that ‘The lawyers have a duty to find out what happened to their clients, and to the extent that the government and certain agencies are resistant to that to protect themselves and to insulate themselves from accountability.'”

“‘The lawyers will not shirk their duty,’ he added.”(2)

Currently the media is rehearsing with the Democratic Party how to handle the Democrats’ story — via ole’ boys’ language and threats. Defense attorneys are allowing this to happen; even though, a Gitmo prisoner died June 1 in Obama’s custody.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Holder is reported contemplating going after the CIA for torture. The fact that this is discussed while defense attorneys continue to receive classified information from sources that have to be trusted indicates there is political bad faith.

I should have been subpoenaed or otherwise entered into a formal process for the “war on terror” prisoners. Once again, Amerikkka proves unable to operate except by lynch mob.

If the CIA is knee-deep in torture and can’t be trusted, then Gitmo defense lawyers should not have to put up with classified information. Nor should they be allowing Obama to palm off the prisoners to Europe, when there are substantial reasons to believe the motivations for holding the prisoners are unjust and totally unconnected to terrorism.

Notes:
1. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/30/opinion/lweb30cia.html
2. http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=104145

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