The Only Country That Respects Human Rights
Democracy Now is reporting on the confirmation hearings of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He is replacing David Petraeus, who resigned after a bimbo problem. Some say the real aim of the Petraeus scandal was to get Mr. Brennan into the Director’s job.
During the Global War on Terror, the United States used a method called extraordinary rendition. This is where suspects are taken to another country, where they are assumed to be tortured. Mr. Brennan was involved in this practice during the administration of George W. Bush. The quote that follows is from a PBS interview in 2005.
MARGARET WARNER: Why would you not … keep him in the United States’ custody? Is it because we want another country to do the dirty work?
JOHN BRENNAN: No, I don’t think that’s it at all. Also, I think it’s rather arrogant to think that we’re the only country that respects human rights I think that we have a lot of assurances from these countries that we hand over terrorists to that they will in fact respect human rights. And there are different ways to gain those assurances. But also, let’s say an individual goes to Egypt, because they’re an Egyptian citizen. And Egyptians then have a longer history in terms of dealing with them, and they have family members and others that they can bring in, in fact, to be part of the whole interrogation process.
Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon is leading the opposition to Mr. Brennan. “Every American has the right to know when their government believes it’s allowed to kill them. I don’t think that, as one person said, that is too much to ask.”
You can’t make this stuff up. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.