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Pentagon Not Officially Torturing Anyone

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

(SNN Washington) Today, Newsweek reported on a memo sent by an FBI supervisor to FBI lawyers. The memo warned that the military planned to commit conspiracy to torture suspects at Guantanamo.

The Bush administration calls this policy “extraordinary rendition”

Amongst other accusations of questionable practices, the memo addresses a plan being discussed to transfer detainees to to foreign countries that have been widely criticized for practicing torture, thus circumventing about U.S. laws. The Bush administration calls this policy “extraordinary rendition”. This term beat out early front runners of “proxy dismemberment” and the President's favorite “barbequing their wieners on someone else’s grill”.

"In as much as the intent of this category is to utilize, outside the U.S., interrogation techniques which would violate [U.S. law] if committed in the U.S., it is a per se violation of the U.S. Torture Statute," the agent wrote. "Discussing any plan which includes this category could be seen as a con-spiracy to violate [the Torture Statute]" and "would inculpate" everyone involved.

more than 100 terror suspects have been rendered to foreign countries

Intel officials estimate that more than 100 terror suspects have been rendered to foreign countries by the CIA under a classified directive signed by President George W. Bush after 9/11. Pentagon officials have confirmed that 65 detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo for further detention by foreign governments the State Department criticizes for practicing torture, or what the Pentagon calls a “torture-rich environment”.

Again, we find that we have hit a new low. Not only are memos passed around the FBI asking if the way in which the administration is having people tortured is breaking U.S. law. But they are doing it so much, that they have had to come up with a name for it.

Update 1:
Fellow reporter BadTux has some additional info on this story. A small excerpt:

One of them took my penis in his hand...

So they are outsourcing torture now. All the good jobs are gone!
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