Sunday, January 15, 2006

Regardless of the “if”s, he backed the allegation anyway

How typically small-minded – Dick Marty, a senator for Switzerland's centre-right Radical Party (a term only a leftist could use to dress up a puppy-in-the-blender FDP party that they would otherwise detest), publicized without scrutiny the charges that the US imprisoned 23 people on Romanian territory with the consent of the Romanian government, but not the EU (which does not retroactively shoves policy down the throats of member states.)

It’s part of a „goal”

«Sonntags Blick: Do you doubt the document's authenticity?

Dick Marty: "I don't have any basis on which to judge it. But a number of questions come up. Why did the Swiss intelligence service intercept correspondence between London and Cairo? Was the document intentionally directed to the Swiss service? Was it in someone's interest that the thing be made public in Switzerland?"

Sonntags Blick: What do you think of the document's content?

Dick Marty: "The allegation that 23 prisoners were interrogated on the base in Romania is new to me. This is the first time I have seen that number. The places where the alleged secret prisons are have been discussed for quite some time."

Sonntags Blick: How important must the intelligence service have considered this intercepted communication to be?

Dick Marty: "If it's authentic, it must have been considered very important. The report is dated November 10, 2005. Since the beginning of November the world's press has reported on the secret prisons. On November 7 the European Council initiated an investigation led by a Swiss. All of this must have led to the fact that the intelligence service informed the political level, that is to say the [Swiss] parliament." »
So he believes that somehow a EUro-public-affairs-statement (basically a geyser of invective that you can set your watch by) somehow caused events to happen, and that there is something wrong with the US picking up headchopping miscreants, while European governments pretty much have the right to detain anyone they want. In the case of France, it’s 3 years.
«Sonntags Blick: How far along is your own investigation on the CIA prisons in Europe?

Dick Marty: "There is still a long and complicated road to go, but I am confident that we'll get to our goal. There is movement in more and more countries, including in the U.S.A., as we can see from the public criticism of the Bush Administration's domestic spying activities. And it has been proven in Italy that the kidnapping of Abu Omar was a CIA operation. The Milan prosecutors have done outstanding work."
Sonntags Blick: "But Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi claims that there's nothing to the allegations.

Dick Marty: "That means nothing. Almost no governments are telling the truth about this affair."

Sonntags Blick: Have you received flight data about CIA jet aircraft that you requested from Eurocontrol and the satellite pictures of possible prison camps?

Dick Marty: "No, not yet. But if we don't get the data, that's an answer too."»
So while he speculates on the timing and the recipient, he doesn’t question the source one bit – a fax from the entrepot of wargasmic headchopping: an untraceable fax number in Cairo.

On the other hand, aren’t you glad that the man is at least GOAL ORIENTED?

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