CIA Guilty of Torture and Kidnap – Damages of 1.5 Million Euros
Amazing news today. An Italian court has bravely taken on the leader of the Western World and convicted 22 CIA agents of kidnap and torture. (see CIA agents guilty of Italy kidnap).
The man on the left with the wacky beard and hat, was snatched from the street in Italy, flown to Egypt, and tortured.
America’s great liberal hope, President Obama, and his government, have expressed,
…”disappointment at the convictions”….
This is not surprising to me, given what I wrote here earlier in the year when I realised that after only 100 days in office, Obama thought torture was okay… (contrast this to the optimism shown here and here, for example. Sometimes speaking well just isn’t good enough, especially if your actions are in complete disregard of your own constitution.)
Absent From Trial
The CIA people (including high ranking colonels etc) were all tried in their absence – you see, Italy doesn’t kidnap people! (Interestingly, the CIA, as judge, jury and executioner have just bombed 2 ‘insurgents’ in Pakistan with a drone plane again – “It is not clear if there was any high-value target, We also do not know the identity of the militants” the CIA said; but Insurgents …were pulling bodies out of the rubble… Obama condones all this as drone flights and civilian deaths have wildly escalated under his rule.)
So while Italy is usually thought of as the laughing stock of Europe because of the uncountable number of elections it has and the current buffoon of an incumbent that they keep electing – it’s actually been very brave and done the right thing.
Will America do the same? Will it do the right thing? Will Obama strive to regain the high moral ground that he stood on to be elected and which he espoused so eloquently on Inauguration Day?
I doubt it very much. When 52% of USA citizens think torture is okay and Utah remains a cesspit of corruption and evil business practices, when most Americans don’t care a damn about rising sea levels – and the rest… ..and the rest!!
I doubt it very much indeed.
UK Caught With Pants Down and Hands on the Trigger
Our UK government isn’t any better having colluded in the kidnaps (called extraordinary renditions as a smokescreen to reality) and torture. Are they in Europe or out? Do they agree with “The Hague” or not? Have they signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or not?
Answers to these and other questions can be found in my earlier posts from this year. What a year!
- We Don’t Have to Behave Badly Just Because Others Do!
- Americans Love to Torture – Official
- Obama’s Been Got
- Taliban Torture America
- Megrahi and Calley compared and contrasted (in this post, VP Clinton said it was a bad day for justice and law… I just say wah? I also remember the deep embarrassment during the US primaries which all Americans should have felt, but forgot, when she claimed to be bravely dodging bullets and plainly wasn’t when the video surfaced.)