Wednesday, January 31, 2007

It's come to this, part duh!

It's not enough that Spain has issued arrest warrants for three American soldiers who served in Irag, charging them with the April 2003 murder of a Spanish journalist.

Nor is it enough that Italian prosecutors have charged 25 CIA officers and one US Air Force officer with kidnapping and torture for the secret 'rendition' of Egyptian cleric Hussan Mustafa Omar Nasr in 2003. (The linked article states 13 CIA agents were charged, subsequent to its publication Italy issued additional arrest warrants.)

Now Germany has issued arrest warrants for 13 CIA agents (11 men and 2 women) for kidnapping, torture and great bodily harm to Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen.

(pictured with his children.)
Mr. el-Masri was released after being held and tortured for five months in a secret prison; they dumped him on a hillside in Albania when our guys realized they'd grabbed the wrong guy!
Kinda like bombing the wrong Chinese Embassy because your secret CIA maps are out of date! It's all a-okay, though because 'our people' claim he was paid for the inconvenience, a claim he disputes.

Is there any civilized country with whom America is still friends?
Is there anyone in charge here in America with any honor or integrity?
Anyone who believes in American ideals?
Is there anyone at the CIA who has a clue? or the State Department?
Why are we paying these congenital idiots to destroy what it took us over 200 years to build?
Is this your America? It sure isn't mine.

For a background on this sorry debacle here's the ACLU version.
For more sordid details on the German charges, see news stories in the Washington Post or the New York Times or the UK Guardian.


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