"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Too Big to Grasp 

I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around this morning's Washington Post story, about CIA "black sites" in Eastern Europe (and which I mentioned in passing here). To be honest, it's more than I can digest.

Remember when Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) offered a tearful apology for saying that our illegal infrastructure of secret torture facilities was comparable to the Soviet gulag? Oh, the hue and cry over that comment! Why, according to the Moonie Times, Bill Frist himself demanded Durbin's apology (apparently, Frist's feelings were easily bruised even then).

But it turns out that the American torture chambers aren't merely similar to the Soviet gulag - they actually are the Soviet gulag! Same fine tradition of service, just under new management, as the Post article makes clear (emphasis supplied):
The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement.

This is sickening. It seems that we are disappearing prisoners to the very same prisons that Uncle Joe Stalin and his Warsaw Pact puppets used for the very same purpose! (I suppose it's possible that the "compound" in question was not a prison in its glory days - it could be a military base or something along those lines, I suppose - but in general, prisons make the best prisons, so I'm going to indulge in some assumptions.)

Now, you tell me - how the Hell am I supposed to process something like that? One might just as well try dividing by zero as try to imagine what the genii responsible for this idea were thinking. Morality aside (a given, when talking about the Junta), the optics of the situation could hardly be worse. These clowns are in charge? We're so screwed.

Update: An editorial in tomorrow's Washington Post makes specific reference to prisoners "[h]eld in dark underground cells." This would appear to support my assumptions about the use for which these facilities were designed and built.

 

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