Only UK press follows Dana Priest’s lead in exposing CIA torture camps in Poland, Romania

Dana PriestDana Priest left a bold ’emdash’ dangling in the middle of her bombshell expose of the CIA “secret” prison camps in Wednesday’s Washington Post.

Just as every jaw in the land hit the floor she dropped this in the 8th graph:

“The Washington Post is not publishing the names of the Eastern European countries involved in the covert program at the request of senior U.S. officials.”

The reason: “disclosure might disrupt counterterrorism efforts….”

Its not that the Post didn’t know the names, they clearly stated they just wouldn’t print them. A small exchange to ensure the confidentiality of their sources, mind you, and a gold trail from which Joe Journalist could’ve raked up the missing details in his fingernails.

But for fear of following the yellow-cake road.

Priest said this afternoon in a live discussion session at Washington Post.com:

Senior administration officials did persuade The Post not to publish the names of the Eastern European countries we identified. I could say they were not happy about the subject in general, but no one suggested we ditch the whole thing, although I’m sure they felt that way.

The front page article had been on the website for over a day and no broadcast, print or online outlet had anything on the story except a cut/copy/paste including the dead-giveaway “terrorism” insinuation.

Needless to say, it couldn’t have taken much investigation for theFinancial Times
to release (with a WEDNESDAY date-stamp):

A leading human rights group on Wednesday identified Poland and Romania as the likely locations in eastern Europe of secret prisons where al-Qaeda suspects are interrogated by the Central Intelligence Agency.

Its not worth dwelling on the idea that exposing the locations of these prisons would endanger counterterrorism. The fact that dangerous terrorists are already contained within these camps is reason enough for publicity, especially considering the fate of Omar al-Faruq, the al-Qaeda chief who escaped a “maximum security” prison guarded by US troops in Afghanistan.

The real danger is that if the CIA goes on record identifying the locations of their “secret terror camps,” they will be stripped of their freedom to boycott International Crimes Court the U.S> gov’t would be fried.

The outsourcing of detainees to Egypt and Syria is no secret, but to torture prisoners of war in countries that do not endorse torture and have relatively clean human rights records is [insert horrifying comparison here].

This administration will be around another few years, most likely, but we CAN get over Libby, we can FORGET Delay – he’s one of many, and enough ? ENOUGH!! buying into the bird flu nonsense. Haven’t we already learned that it doesn’t matter how much money you use if you don’t have a plan?

Lets kick ourselves and stop thinking twice about yesterday’s news – the media army has alot more influence and independence than our helpless warriors in Iraq. I’ll bet they’re pulling for us now more than ever.

m. e. cohen 03.06.05 humorlink.com

Rosa Parks R.I.P.

Rosa Parks Bill Clinton speaks at Rosa Parks' Funeral Service

Download the funeral program book (.pdf)

Her funeral is being broadcast live now via MSNBC.com. While the Clinton’s, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama, John Kerry and several other diplomats are on hand; one notable absence is that of President Bush.

Even LBJ made it to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral, but apparently in his “stay the course” numb to humanity stance, Bush was unaware (read: his advisors forgot to tell him) of the implications of at least having some sort of presence at the biggest civil rights party of the decade.

Alito + Roe = Whadd’ya Know?

From Gallup today:

* About the same number of Americans rate Alito’s selection either excellent or good (43%) as rate it fair or poor (39%). Miers received a similar rating, but Roberts’ rating was somewhat more positive: 51% excellent or good, 34% fair or poor.

* More people feel positive rather than negative about Alito personally — 44% to 19%, respectively — with another third offering no rating. Again, Miers’ rating was similar, but a majority, 54%, gave Roberts a favorable personal rating.

* About half of those interviewed Tuesday night believe Alito’s views are mainstream, while a quarter think his views are too extreme, and another quarter have no opinion.

* It doesn’t bother most Americans (75%) that Alito is a man nominated to replace the first woman ever appointed to the Supreme Court. About the same percentage were not bothered when Roberts was first nominated to replace O’Connor (after Chief Justice William Rehnquist died, President Bush nominated Roberts to become chief justice).

* The public is evenly divided as to whether Alito probably would or would not vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Thirty-eight percent believe he would, and an equal percentage think he would not, with the rest offering no opinion.

* If it becomes clear Alito would vote to reverse Roe v. Wade, Americans would not want the Senate to confirm him, by 53% to 37%.

* If most Senate Democrats oppose the nomination and decide to filibuster against Alito, 50% of Americans believe they would be justified, while 40% say they would not.

* If the Republicans then decide to eliminate the filibuster on judicial nominations, to ensure an “up-or-down vote” on the nomination, Americans would be evenly divided as to whether that tactic was justified — 45% say it would be, 47% say it would not.

Heads up from Daily Kos / AmericaBlog.

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U.S. Air Strikes

Iraq bombWho knows how many air strikes are conducted each day in Iraq? (70 armed sorties in the last two days according to the DoD website)! We’ll never know because it is NEVER reported!

Even NPR has stooped to the subservient level of topping the day’s news with BIRD FLU – despite the fact that the CDC itself assures us that it is NOT a REAL THREAT. What, does Rumsfeld need a paycheck? And if that’s not enough… there’s this so-called report on the Gulf of Tonkin incident.

Meanwhile, 26 Iraqi civilians (not “insurgents”) were killed in airstrikes yesterday in Iraq. Granted, news outlets are allowed a day off from LeakGate… but what of Scalito?

How about the fact that half a million are still without power in South Florida and schools have been closed for over a week.

Its November 1, not April Fools… if I hear one more thing about Tonkin or Bird Flu today, I might have to drop out of j-school.

UPDATE: Dems call for Senate meeting. Frist; accusing the Dems of hijacking the Senate: “They have no convictions, they have no principles, they have no ideas….”

Looks like we’re really gonna get somewhere now.

Sam Alito??? I sure don’t hope so!

Samuel AlitoIs Bush’s new pick for SCOTUS justice – Sam Alito, nickname “Scalito,” – a hard-core conservative…. or just a heartless asshole? read his dissension in the 1990 Planned Parenthood v. Casey case in which the 3rd Circuit struck down a Pennsylvania law that included a provision requiring women seeking abortions to notify their spouses:

The Pennsylvania legislature could have rationally believed that some married women are initially inclined to obtain an abortion without their husbands’ knowledge because of perceived problems — such as economic constraints, future plans or the husbands’ previously expressed opposition — that may be obviated by discussion prior to the abortion

in other words: the state can tell a woman that she must check with her spouse before she gets an abortion.

Anti-abortion is one thing… but it sounds like this guy is just a JERK!

His confirmation should not go smoothly.

The opposition speaks in WaPo’s SCOTUS blog.