Also, why did they only allow CIA officers with a previous record of abuse and violence and personality disorders to become the interrogators, without any training in any form of interrogation, advanced or otherwise? Why wasn't it overseen, why weren't records kept. One would have thought that if it was all above board, legal, justifiable, and heaven forbid, moral and ethical and in the kidnapped'ts best interests as well as that of the nation, that there would have been plenty of records kept; if only to prove that it worked in theory and practice, and to show that no illegal practices had been used. Instead they illegally destroyed even the videos made of the torture..because they said they were valueless. A new meaning for the word "incriminating" more like.
I seem to remember one story on Cryptome, where one female CIA officer, rather high up the heirarchy who was part of a team trying to catch Bin Laden was so keen to get to the interrogations that she moved rock and stone to get there. I wonder if it was satisfying and what information did she receive after the 187th time the suspect was water boarded. Did it help her to catch Bin Laden and to win the war on terrorism. Nice to know that there is equality between the sexes at the CIA.
$80 million dollars paid to a couple of inexperienced psychologists...to make sure that the program was done credibly and with respectability? A total of $180 million spent on the programme!
Why did they involve so many other countries in their "extaordinary rendition" trips and pay to have bases built in some of the most respectable as well as nefarious countries in the world. Why not have them on US territory? After all it was all legal.
I remember too, here in the UK the overflights and stopovers by privately hired areoplanes carrying out the extraordinary rendition, was denied by Jack Straw, the then Foreign Secretary. It took aeroplane fanatics who took photos and accessed flight records to prove that they had happened. The UK of course, has signed the Human Rights Act and as signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights and supports the European Court of Human Rights. No torture, no support for torture. We were supposed to have learned our lessons from using similar methods against IRA suspects way back in the "troubles".
Have no crimes been committed here? Will no one be prosecuted for crimes against humanity? Will the US still wage war and interfere in other countries in the name of Enduring Freedom and Human Rights... Begins to sound a bit hollow, but there you are that is politics for you...
It is as well to remember that the greatest advocates for human rights were the US prosecutors at the Nuremburg trials of the Nazis. "Obeying lawful orders does not excuse abuse of the higher human right to life"...Jackson...Leading US Prosecutor.
see url: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/nuremberg.html ATB Dougie.Ah! Well! At least these human beings aren't cats...they didn't eat their prey.