A suspected terrorist who spent years in a secret CIA prison should not be allowed to speak to a civilian attorney, the Bush administration argues, because he could reveal the agency’s closely guarded interrogation techniques.
We have trade secrets for torture? Fascinating. I wonder what they could be? Loud music? Stress positions?
I know one that’s pretty clever. It’s the one where we kidnap people, keep them in small cells for several years without access to counsel and expect them to NOT break since they have the knowledge that they will never ever get out of our detention given that this is a war without end.
Personally, I don’t think anybody will ever get used to that technique.
John Cole has this handy 4-step guide to our detainee policy :
1.) Snatch whoever the hell they want off the street, as long as they claim they are a terrorist suspect.
2.) Take them to a secret prison, informing no one and offering no due process.
3.) Beat them indiscriminately, using ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œalternative interrogation methondsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? (but we donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t torture!)
4.) Once they figure out they have the wrong guy, they make it illegal for him to speak about his treatment.
Yep, that about sums it up.