Excerpts from Editorial in the Boston Globe, "American abuses," December 7, 2005
"...SECRETARY OF State Condoleezza Rice should know better than to defend violations of basic human rights. It is wrong, as the United States has done, to kidnap people, throw them into secret prisons, maltreat them, and keep holding them or release them abruptly, all without regard for due process of law..."
"...Illegal detentions are also bad politics. Upon her arrival in Germany, Rice had to deal with fallout from the detention of Khaled Masri, a German citizen whose appalling treatment was reported in The Washington Post Sunday. Macedonian officers took him off a bus and transferred him to CIA custody early last year. He was flown secretly to a prison in Afghanistan, where he languished for five months (he said he was beaten) because his name aroused suspicions..."
"...When US agents realized their mistake, the CIA director, George Tenet, conferred with Rice and other top officials. Masri was dumped back in Albania without an apology. He is suing Tenet in federal court. The administration should acknowledge its wrongdoing. To do otherwise invites future abuses..."
''...A decent respect to the opinions of mankind" -- in the words of the Declaration of Independence -- requires the United States to end the abuses done in the name of the antiterror war..."
RAD: Since Rice was briefed on this incident, apparently prior to Masri's 'release' - his being 'dumped' in Albania sans apology suggests the low level of ethics operating within the highest reaches of the Bush administration. Like Machivaelli the Bush administration seems to believe that "the ends justify the means." The Mafia dumps people, not the US government! I guess Masri should be glad he wasn't encased in a block of cement and them dumped into an Albanian river! What other US atrocities have been committed in the name of the war on terror?
In Vietnam such events as the My Lai Massacre were actions of in the field combatants - though known by those higher up in the command structure. But I have a hard time imagining LBJ/Rusk or Nixon/Kissinger sitting in the Oval Office scripting talking points or strategy about such atrocities, albeit their hands were NOT clean. Apparently, the criminal mind set in the West Wing, State, Pentagon and CIA is more actionable in this administration. Such actions scream for top officials in the administration such as Tenet and Rice being indicted by the World Court for war crimes.
At least President Reagan had Ollie North to provide cover. No more plausible deniability!