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Polish prosecutors probe Bush gulag at last

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The Polish prosecutor's office is investigating allegations that there was a CIA prison in Poland where al Qaeda suspects were questioned and guards might have used methods close to torture, the prime minister's top adviser said on Friday.

I suppose this is happening now because the Bush administration has, er, disposed of the prisoners? Because the birds have all flown? One more little problem cleaned up before the perps enter the dreaded private sector?

The Washington Post reported for the first time in 2005, quoting unnamed CIA sources, that CIA prisons existed in Europe. A U.S. human rights group, Human Rights Watch, later said Poland and Romania hosted the prisons.

"There definitely was cooperation between Polish and American secret services," a source close to the secret service told Reuters. "But whether there was torture at the base, hopefully we will learn about that soon."

Foreign and local media speculated that the base was operational between 2002 and 2005, while Aleksander Kwasniewski was president and Poland was run by the leftist governments of Leszek Miller and Marek Belka and then a rightist administration under Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz.

All Polish political parties have played down speculation about the existence of a CIA prison. Under Polish law, a Pole who was party to an agreement allowing the CIA to torture suspects could be sued in the regular courts or even in the State Tribunal, a special court for government officials.

"We demanded official information from the prime minister about the prisons in June, but we never got it," said Dawid Szescilo of the Polish unit of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.

"This is the third government that has banned (the release of) any information about the case, and public opinion should be given knowledge of all of this."

And so the foul poison of the Bush administration's lawlessness continues to spread, helpfully normalized by the Ds in a strong "post-partisan" move.

The key question is not the existence of the gulag, which is well documented, but how many thousands of prisoners there were, and where the bodies are (whether living or dead).

And the key investigative technique should be to talk to the techs.

Or possibly the pilots. It would be interesting to know if there were any flights over large bodies of water in planes with cargo doors that could open.

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Submitted by lambert on

Not that I'm paranoid....

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Damon on

These governments (if this is true) chose to participate. I find too often that we blame other government's involvement in the "War on Terrorism" on Bush and his influence. I can't tell you how many times I've heard the "Well, Bush was a bad influence of Tony Blair" argument. Fact of the matter is that these leaders are responsible for their own decisions, ultimately, and some countries/leaders refused to play along.

I'm not surprised to hear this coming from Poland. They are one of the more prominent members in this so-called War on Terrorism.

Yes, "Don't Forget Poland." Don't worry; we won't.