So opening the (already open) stable door after the horse has bolted while presenting a media friendly -Stable door closing –charade. Or in other words-
CIA Director Leon Panetta says agency employees who took part in harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects are not in danger of being punished.
Panetta delivered that message to CIA employees in an e-mail Thursday, reiterating what he told Congress last month. He said then that he would oppose prosecutions of any CIA employee who adhered to their legal guidance on interrogations.
He sent the message after the Senate Intelligence Committee announced its review of the CIA’s interrogation and detention program under President George W. Bush.
The committee will look at how the CIA decided whom to interrogate, whether it told Congress the truth about the program and whether it was legal. It will also try to determine whether the harsher methods the CIA used elicited valuable intelligence. (ht2 Chris Floyd)
And what goes with state torture and unaccountable and uncontrollable forces? Disappearances!
“We can make a person disappear,” a high-level ICE official told the audience at the 2008 Police Foundation conference. Jaws dropped. ICE is the Homeland Security agency in charge of deporting immigrants from the nation’s interior. The spokesman was alluding to ICE’s extraordinary powers under civil immigration law. Although “civil” sounds less serious than “criminal,” civil immigration law has fewer constitutional protections than criminal law. Civil immigtion arrests can happen without probable cause of a crime; the arrestee facraes trial without a public defender; and there’s no statute of limitations. (ht2 Otto)
But the empire is large and has client states, states where black lists of left wing activists are traded in order to victimise them-
‘Do not touch’ – the covert database that kept union activists out of work
• Ian Kerr built blacklist from Droitwich base
• Business ordered to close after files seized in raid
It appears that Kerr has spent many years compiling databases on workers. He did not wish to comment on a report in the Guardian 15 years ago which said he had been working for the Economic League, a controversial vetting agency which accumulated files on thousands of people it considered subversive between 1919 and 1993.
Will the numerous companies listed (see below) who used his expensive blacklist services be prosecuted?
Amec Building Ltd
Amec Construction Ltd
Amec Facilities Ltd
Amec Industrial Division
Amec Process & Energy Ltd
Amey Construction Ex-member
B Sunley & Sons Ex-member
Ballast (Wiltshire) plc Ex-member
Bam Construction (HBC Construction)
Bam Nuttall (Edmund Nuttall Ltd)
C B & I
Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd
Costain UK Ltd
Crown House Technologies
Diamond (M & E) Services
Dudley Bower & Co Ltd Ex-member
Emcor (Drake & Scull) Ex ref
G Wimpey Ltd Ex-member
John Mowlem Ltd Ex-member
Laing O’Rourke (Laing Ltd)
Lovell Construction (UK) Ltd Ex-member
Miller Construction Ltd Ex-member
Morrison Construction Group Ex-member
Shepherd Engineering Services Ltd
Sias Building Services
Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
SPIE (Matthew Hall) Ex-member
Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd Ex-member
Turriff Construction Ltd Ex-member
Tysons Contractors Ex-member
Walter Llewellyn & Sons Ltd Ex-member
Whessoe Oil & Gas Ltd
Willmott Dixon Ex-member
Vinci plc (Norwest Holst Group)