TURNING A CORNER

If the information in this story is true, then I am officially joining the ranks, as unlikely as it sounds even to me, of the lefty moonbat crowd who are calling for the impeachement of George Bush. Incarceration wouldn’t be inappropriate either; for the President and whoever else was involved.
Here’s a snippet:

“Below the Radar: Secret Flights to Torture and ‘Disappearance’ ” is the title of a recent Amnesty International report on the reprehensible practice of extraordinary rendition, a highly classified American program in which individuals are seized — abducted — without any semblance of due process and sent off to be interrogated by regimes that are known to engage in torture.

Some of the individuals swept up by rendition simply vanish.

“This is a kind of netherworld that people disappear into and don’t frequently emerge from,” said Mr. Goering. “It’s a world that’s outside the reach of law. These individuals might as well be on another planet.”

There is no way to know how many people have been seized, tortured or killed. Since there are no official proceedings, there is no way to know whether a particular individual who is taken into custody is a legitimate terror suspect or someone who is innocent of any wrongdoing. But we have learned, after the fact, that mistakes have been made.

You may not be familiar with the name Khaled el-Masri, but the Bush administration sure knows who he is. Mr. Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, was arrested while visiting Macedonia in December 2003. A few weeks later, he was handed over to a group of masked men dressed all in black — in the so-called ninja outfits frequently worn by the rendition cowboys.

Mr. Masri’s clothes were cut off and he was drugged, put aboard a plane and flown to Afghanistan, where he was held in a squalid basement cell for five months.

It turned out, as noted by Dana Priest of The Washington Post, who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize this week for her reporting on the government’s covert counterterrorism programs, that “the C.I.A. had imprisoned the wrong man.”

It seems we’ve gone from supporting friendly regimes who also engage in atrocities, to becoming a regime that engages in atrocities.

I dare anyone to attempt to justify this type of action. Please, take a shot at it. I’d be fascinated to hear it.

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