Sunday, May 16, 2004

Feces, meet Fan.

Pentagon Denies Rumsfeld OK'd Prison Plan

The Pentagon says:
"No responsible official of the Department of Defense approved any program that could conceivably have been intended to result in such abuses as witnessed in the recent photos and videos," Di Rita said in his statement. "This story seems to reflect the fevered insights of those with little, if any, connection to the activities in the Department of Defense."
Sy Hersh and his sources say:
The program got approval from President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, and Bush was informed of its existence, the officials told Hersh.

Under the program, Hersh wrote, commandos carried out instant interrogations - using force if necessary - at secret CIA detention centers scattered around the world. The intelligence would be relayed to the commanders at the Pentagon.

The intelligence sources told the magazine photos of the sexual abuse were used to intimidate prisoners and detainees into providing information on the insurgency. It was thought that some prisoners would do anything - including spying on their associates - to avoid dissemination of the shameful photos to family and friends.

One intelligence official said the CIA ended its involvement with the program at Abu Ghraib prison by last fall.

"They said, 'No way. We signed up for the core program in Afghanistan - pre-approved for operations against the high-value terrorist targets - and now you want to use it for cabdrivers, brothers-in-law, and people pulled off the streets,'" the source said.
Looks like we're about to witness a high stakes game of everybody's favorite game, "He Said, He Said." I'm not betting against Hersh's anonymous intelligence sources. Methinks the CIA is more than a little pissed about the Plame outing and the fact that they've been dumped on by Bush and his cronies for everything from 9/11 to the failure to find WMD in Iraq.

Will some semblance of "the Truth" come out in the press this time? Will this be the scandal that finally dooms Bush? I'm not counting on it, but one would think that all of these scandals will eventually catch up to him. Too optimistic?