Saddam doesn’t show – unexcused absence

No doctors’ note, but no matter – who’s gonna be your Mesereau now?

Condoleezza Rice’s [non-se-qui] tour of Europe continues.

To be bland… some of Secretary Rice’s speech is downright horrifying:

“Last year, then Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet recalled that our earlier counterterrorism successes included “the rendition of many dozens of terrorists prior to September 11, 2001.”

I’d explain.. but isn’t that convincing enough?

BBCNews has a run down of this mornings European headlines… it almost reads like the 80’s — when the U.S. was the fuckin’ shit! — but not.

“Renditions take terrorists out of action, and save lives.”, says Ms. Rice

Die Welt: “Let us not indulge in hypocrisy”
Berliner Zeitung:”You cannot fight terrorism with terrorism”
Austria’s Der Standard :”Condoleezza Rice’s empty words were dry and unsatisfactory”
Hungary’s Nepszabadsag: “We will probably never find out the full truth about the alleged CIA prisons.”
France’s Liberation:”George W Bush and his clique are wrong to think that anything goes in the fight against terrorism even if the law suffers collateral damage as a result.”

ooh….. tsssssssss

Slovakia’s Pravda: “The era of secret agents is over, here comes the era of strong muscles – Bond turned Rambo.”

I kid you not. Stallone is the next Bond.

And now, this:

check out the final Annenberg Radio pieces at http://annenbergradio.org/

and save these for… :

Abuse ‘widespread’ in Iraqi prisons – CS Monitor 7 dec 2005

“Bush treats planet as his alone” Seattle Post-Intelligencer via The Independent, Wed 7 dec 2005

CIA prisons, torture – msm ignores ABCNews Break

We now know that Khaled el-Masri was illegally abducted, thanks to Angela Merkel and the ACLU’s big mouths. You can sue the CIA???

In early November when Dana Priest of the Washington Post first confirmed reports of CIA secret prisons (see my Nov. 3 post) the mainstream media in the U.S. failed to follow up.

I never got the memo from Porter Goss about repeating news relating CIA misadventures, but again the details of the following story have been expanded upon worldwide as a top story, while the breadth of the story is just thrown in alongside the news items above.

Last night, ABCnews reported on the rapid removal of 11 al Qaeda suspects from “secret” prisons in Eastern Europe in advance of Condoleezza Rice’s trip.

All but one of these 11 high-value al Waeda prisoners were subjected to the harshest interrogation techniques in the CIA’s secret arsenal, the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” authorized for use by about 14 CIA offiers and first reported by ABC News on Nov. 18

The cue to dig for detail is this: “CIA officials asked ABC News not to name the specific countries where the prisons were located, citing security concerns.” The same “I told you… now don’t make me have to kill you” gist qualifying Priest’s story… and all it takes is a Google News search to find an international publication that has the details. ABC News DID release the names on their web site – here they are in case you were wondering:

Dec. 5, 2005 Following is a list of 12 high-value targets housed by the CIA.

Abu Zubaydah: Held first in Thailand then Poland
Ibn Al-Shaykh al-Libi: Held in Poland. Previously held in Pakistan/Afghanistan
Abdul Rahim al-Sharqawi: Held in Poland
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri: Held in Poland
Ramzi Binalshibh: Held in Poland
Mohammed Omar Abdel-Rahman: Held in Poland
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed: Held in Poland
Waleed Mohammed bin Attash: Held in Poland
Hambali: In U.S. custody. Kept isolated from other high-value targets.
Hassan Ghul: Held in Poland.
Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani: Held in Poland
Abu Faraj al-Libbi: Held in Poland

New Congressional Votes Database

Thanks to Adrian Holovaty, developer of ChicagoCrime.org, there is now a searchable “U.S. Congress Votes Database,” allowing users to browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991.

Holovaty, now an employee of WashingtonPost/Newsweek.com and a host of the “Mashington Post,” WaPo mash-up center, explains this valuable resource in his blog:

“You can subscribe to an RSS feed for any senator or representative…” the database includes such amusing aggregations as “votes that happen after midnight, vote missers, and on a lighter note, vote totals by astrological sign.”

Updated daily, we’ll never be left curious as to which Congressmen turn into werewolves at full moon.