Why are Republicans pro-torture?
The latest non-denial denials from Condi on Bush's European gulags are spectacular, even for a world-crass Bush enabler like Condi. San Francisco Chronicle:
[Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice] refused to say whether the base ever served as a clandestine holding pen [gulag] or interrogation [torture] center for terror suspects, and she stepped carefully around questions about a German citizen who sued the CIA on Tuesday over his seizure and detention by U.S. authorities.
She also would not address an ABC News report that prisoners were whisked away from the Mihail Kogolniceanu base in Romania shortly before Rice arrived in the country.
Kinda like a Potemkin Camp in reverse, eh? Or, as Joseph Stalin didn't say, No gulag, no problem!
"I am not going to talk about whether such activities take place," Rice said when asked about the Romanian base. "To do so would clearly be to get into a realm of discussion about supposed or purported intelligence activities and I simply won't do that."
Allegations that the United States violated human rights and European law by running clandestine jails in Europe to interrogate suspected terrorists have clouded a diplomatic trip to European capitals this week.
"I did say to the chancellor that when and if mistakes were made we will work very hard and as quickly as possible to rectify them," Rice said.
Sweet jeebus! "Mistakes were made"?! That hoary old chestnut from inside the Beltway? Condi! Together, we can do better!
As for secret prisons, suspicion fell on Romania's Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near the Black Sea and Poland's Szymany Airport after Human Rights Watch said it had flight records indicating that aircraft with links to the CIA landed repeatedly at both facilities in 2001-2004.
Officials opened the base to AP journalists last month, and the sprawling base appeared virtually deserted.
How very curious... I wonder what the aerial photos will show...
And the fact that the base was empty, then, doesn't, in the vulgate, mean squat, does it:
Yet some officials acknowledged that parts of the installation were off-limits to Romanian authorities, and the country's main intelligence service, SRI, has said it had no jurisdiction there.
And it looks like that non-denial denial bug Condi has is catching:
"There were some bases we put at the Americans' disposal. We can't know what happened there," former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, who served 2001-2004 and now heads the Chamber of Deputies, said Tuesday. He added, however: "For us, it's clear there was no secret agreement" allowing covert U.S. activity.
Um, how would that be clear, exactly?
Underscoring a friendship that has deepened since Romania threw off communism in 1989, Rice hailed the country as "a strong friend with whom we share common values."
Values like lying. Values like torture. Values like gulags.
Why are Republicans pro-torture? And make no mistake--all Republicans are pro-torture, because if they against it, they'd do something about it. Like exercising Congressional oversight and holding Bush, his enablers, and the whole Bush gang accountable.