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Luke! I Am Your Father

5 Feb


Just when you thought our government might finally be headed in the right direction, the Open Society Foundations releases a report revealing that,  The U.S. counterterrorism practice known as “extraordinary rendition”, in which suspects were quietly moved to secret prisons abroad and often tortured, involved the participation of  54 other nations.

Rendition, in law, is a transfer of persons from one jurisdiction to another  after legal proceedings and according to law. “Extraordinary rendition,” however, is a transfer which is extralegal. Extralegal means, “outside the law” or in other words, or rather words that everyone can understand,  illegal.

Our top secret program was widely expanded by the President Bush administration after the 9/11 attacks and although administration officials said that they never intentionally sent terrorism suspects abroad in order to be tortured, the countries where the prisoners seemed to end up like Egypt, Libya and Syria, among others, were known to utilize “coercive interrogation techniques.”

So Imagine our friends in Egypt, Libya and Syria (We have friends in Egypt, Libya and Syria?!) resorting to torturing prisoners that we send them. Who could ever have anticipated that?

Not to mention that it was in one of these extraordinarily renditioned camps where we learned from a tortured prisoner that Saddam Hussein had been training al Qaeda in biological and chemical warfare. Naturally this helped lead to the invasion of Iraq and later that most amusing video footage where President Bush is seen laughing about not being able to find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq…or under his desk.

Some people will say anything when tortured! Excuse me, I mean, extra legally coerced.

But thankfully, following President Darth Vader’s tenure, a young Jedi knight was elected President and he pledged to end the U.S. government’s use of torture and issued an executive order closing the CIA’s secret prisons around the world…role credits…

But wait! President Obama did not fully end the practice of rendition. Instead, the administration said it was relying on the less certain “diplomatic assurances” of host countries that they would not torture suspects sent to them for pretrial detention…isn’t that exactly what happened in episode 1?!

And now, in the apparent sequel, NBC News is reporting that a Justice Department Memo has been obtained which states that The United States can target its own citizens with drone strikes if they have recently been involved in violent attacks.

Isn’t that always the way? Just when you think that the Death Star was built for other planets only, the empire announces that it can kill citizens with robots!

Mr. Vader, may I call you dad?

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