Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Ever Fallible, Un-transparent Bush Administration Has Little People Paying the Price

Not only did the U.S. government kidnap the wrong man in Macedonia, they tortured him for months before realizing their error. The German citizen raised cane with his government afterwards. How did the transparent, credible Bush administration respond?

The case has been a sore point in otherwise good German-U.S. relations. The U.S. Justice Department has declined to provide Munich prosecutors assistance, citing ongoing legal proceedings in the United States.

The victim, Al-Masri has asked a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., to reinstate a lawsuit he filed against the CIA. A judge dismissed the lawsuit in May, ruling that a trial could harm national security by revealing details about CIA activities.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other U.S. officials have declined to address the case. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the United States has acknowledged making a mistake with him.

Due to the Bush team’s intransigence, CIA agents now face criminal charges in Germany.

Arrest warrants were issued for 13 people in connection with the alleged CIA-orchestrated kidnapping of a German citizen in the agency's extraordinary rendition program, a Munich prosecutor said Wednesday.

In typical Bush fashion, underlings will be held responsible for the implementing their nefarious bosses’ plans.

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