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The article "Forget the Torture Tapes" at http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_michael__080101_m_collinls_3a__forget_.htm
illustrates how W needed a truly evil opponent to push from red staters' conscience how horribly his Iraq War product as gone. It states:
"A justification for this insanity was both essential and time-critical. Voila! We've captured Abu Zubaydah! Isn't he a top al Qaeda operative? But there was a deal killer right from the start. The FBI's top al-Qaeda expert, Dan Coleman, didn't mince words: "This guy is insane, certifiable, split personality." In Zubaydah's long term diary, he named his personalities: "'hani 1, hani 2, and hani 3,' - a boy, a young man and a middle-aged alter ego." Coleman's CIA counterpart came to the same conclusion. (This is all documented by Ron Suskind in The One Percent Solution.)

This analysis was quickly discarded and replaced by a self serving political fantasy. The key al-Qaeda operative was now in custody! A fourth personality was created for Zubaydah when Bush described his special prisoner as "one of the top operatives plotting and planning death and destruction on the United States." Bush blew the war that never should have been. He was desperate. Abu Zubaydah experienced the very worst timing in his life and wound up as a key excuse for the program of illegal detention and torture.

Next outrage.

Who knows why they taped the torture? What difference does it make? How much more evidence do we need to demonstrate the absolute betrayal of the United States by a cult of supreme narcissists? We can grasp that these are "high crimes" even if our elected representatives can't.
The relationship between this "key operative's" story and the media and political blackout about the death and suffering of millions may be this simple. Keep people involved in appalling minutiae and avoid the larger charges which nearly everyone would see as an utter outrage."

There is a terrible ennui about this. For so many years our apathetic red staters have been our king makers, but the dolts only respond to fear, terror and war mongering.

W has used his GOP party computers to run his government-which is against the law, and then just smirked at us when asked to produce material that FOIA laws required him to, and now he is cursing the dolts under his breath as he is asked what happened to the tapes that the court ordered him to.


The article "Justice Department opens criminal investigation of CIA tape destruction" at http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Justice_Department_opens_criminal_investigation_of_0102.html
states "Attorney General Michael Mukasey announced Wednesday that the FBI would begin a criminal probe of the CIA's destruction of harsh interrogation videotapes. "The Department's National Security Division has recommended, and I have concluded, that there is a basis for initiating a criminal investigation of this matter, and I have taken steps to begin that investigation," Mukasey said in a statement released Wednesday."

Remember how big bro 43 delayed the 9/11 Investigation and had his mentor, this era's "Tricky Dick", the feckless, reckless, impotent one, Cheney come with him when he testified? One of the many lies had to do was about the destroyed tape as "Mukasey's decision to begin a criminal probe came the same day 9/11 Commission co-chairs Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton said the CIA "stonewalled" the commission.

Although US President George W. Bush had ordered all executive branch agencies to cooperate with the probe, Kean and Hamilton wrote, "recent revelations that the CIA destroyed videotaped interrogations of Qaeda operatives leads us to conclude that the agency failed to respond to our lawful requests for information about the 9/11 plot."

"Those who knew about those videotapes -- and did not tell us about them -- obstructed our investigation."

Kean is no innocent as the article "Kean InsightBush, bin Laden, BCCI and the 9/11 Commission" at
http://www.counterpunch.org/floyd01312003.html
spells out.

We need action as the article "Conyers demands Justice Dept. appoint a special counsel in controversial CIA tapes case" at
http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Conyers_demands_Justice_Dept._appoint_special_0102.html indicates as "Rep. John Conyers, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is demanding a special counsel with a "full investigative mandate" in the CIA destroyed tapes case, according to a press release.
Conyers says, "While I certainly agree that these matters warrant an immediate criminal investigation, it is disappointing that the Attorney General has stepped outside the Justice Department's own regulations and declined to appoint a more independent special counsel in this matter.
"Because of this action, the Congress and the American people will be denied – as they were in the Valerie Plame matter – any final report on the investigation," Conyers continues.

The veteran Michigan congressmember also rues the "limited scope" of the investigation, saying that the federal government "needs to scrutinize what other evidence may have been destroyed beyond the two tapes, as well as the underlying allegations of misconduct" during interrogations of detainees.

The article "Stonewalled by the C.I.A." at
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/02/opinion/02kean.html?_r=3&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print
states "MORE than five years ago, Congress and President Bush created the 9/11 commission. The goal was to provide the American people with the fullest possible account of the "facts and circumstances relating to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001" - and to offer recommendations to prevent future attacks. Soon after its creation, the president's chief of staff directed all executive branch agencies to cooperate with the commission.

The commission's mandate was sweeping and it explicitly included the intelligence agencies. But the recent revelations that the C.I.A. destroyed videotaped interrogations of Qaeda operatives leads us to conclude that the agency failed to respond to our lawful requests for information about the 9/11 plot. Those who knew about those videotapes - and did not tell us about them - obstructed our investigation."

These experienced politicians know the score and Kean states "As a legal matter, it is not up to us to examine the C.I.A.'s failure to disclose the existence of these tapes. That is for others. What we do know is that government officials decided not to inform a lawfully constituted body, created by Congress and the president, to investigate one the greatest tragedies to confront this country. We call that obstruction."

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