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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Rootkits and Bootkicks 

Despite America’s attempts to downplay the revelation by the Washington Post that the CIA has been hiding and interrogating al Qaeda captives at a secret facility in Eastern Europe -- part of a covert global prison system that includes sites in eight countries, President Bush insists America does not torture. As he threatens his first ever veto if congress refuses to exempt the CIA from "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" of detainees.

The senate voted 90 – 0 to include the CIA in America’s policy regarding the detention and interrogation of prisoners, both at home and abroad. The secret installations, or “black sites” have not been officially acknowledged by the CIA, but Republicans are already threatening an investigation to find out who leaked the information.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says he is more concerned about the leak of information regarding secret CIA detention centers than activity in the prisons themselves. Fellow Republican Trent Lott intimated that it may be his own GOP colleagues could be to blame for the possible leak.

Secret installations, false and misleading assurances, lack of appreciation of the consequences? Perhaps the White House and Sony BMG should rethink their priorities and their PR.

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