Rice, in an unusual concession to critics of American policy, acknowledged yesterday that mistakes have been made in the murky war against Islamic terrorists. She also pledged that the United States will make amends when it commits errors.
''Any policy will sometimes have errors," Rice told a news conference in the German capital, first stop on a four-nation swing through Europe that is meant, in part, to secure support for the secret campaign against terror groups. ''When that happens, we will do everything we can to rectify it."
So how do you make right the kidnapping and torture of an innocent person? How do you make right the pain, the fear, the lost day or weeks or months; how do you make right the loss of a life?
Now we are trying to cover our collective rears by saying that the US has finally barred all of its personnel from engaging in cruel or inhumane interrogations of prisoners. That leaves us to ask, why did it take so long to do this? How many prisoners have we used 'cruel or inhumane interrogations' on to date?
And does it even matter, since we ship our prisoners to nations that do use torture. Sure, US personal will not torture, but they are glad to let Egyptians, or Morricians, or maybe even private contractors. That way we can say,: we have 'barred all of its personnel from engaging in cruel or inhumane interrogations of prisoners' , while at the same time our allies and contractors are torturing the hell out of them.
Nice little loop hole Ms. Rice is trying to construct. This is why judicial oversight is part of the US judicial system, and should apply to anyone being held by any governmental agency anywhere in the world.
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