The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, has defended US treatment of terror suspects and refused to either confirm or deny the existence of CIA-run secret prisons in eastern Europe. Ms Rice said European countries should trust the US because information gathered by the CIA had "prevented terrorist attacks in Europe ... and other countries".
Yes; We are the grown-up adult nation, and our cute little European children should just shut up and let your betters do what is so obviously right.
Of course, she holds the party line, and lies, lies, lies.
"The US does not use the air space or airport of any country for the purpose of transporting a detainee when we believe he or she will be tortured," she said.
"The United States does not transport, and has not transported, detainees from one country to another for the purpose of interrogation using torture."
Unless the detainees they are held by the CIA, or the Army, or by other nations, or private contractors.
This leads us to ask:
If we stand so strongly for justice and truth, why did this administration work so hard to redefine torture, why did they work so hard to find a legal basis to ignore the Geneva Accords? Why do they still fight restrictions on torture being proposed in congress, and why do they run a network of prisons outside of oversight by anyone concerned about justice and truth?