by Scott Creighton
The work it takes to conceal the truth is a confession in itself.
“A U.S. military judge angrily cut off a defense lawyer who tried to discuss torture on Monday…” Reuters
The majority of the 9/11 Commission Report’s finding came from information provided by the CIA garnered from the torture of various individuals that they claimed were suspects. Torture, ladies and gentleman, does not produce reliable actionable intelligence, it produces confessions. Those who resort to torture are not looking for the truth. They know the truth. They’re looking for something else entirely.
Not only are we currently trying suspects on evidence created under duress of long term extensive torture, but right now the Justice Department is arguing that they have to keep any mention of that torture in the courtroom out of any public discussion if they end up allowing it to be mentioned in court at all.
That’s the country that we’ve become. Secret trials, secret evidence, indefinite detention. That’s one thing. But when a country actually allows tortured confessions to serve as evidence in a trial, that country has slipped so far down the fascist rabbit hole, there may never be a clear way out.
When the 9/11 Commission leadership asked the CIA to participate in the questioning of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed they were told “no’
When they asked to watch the questioning from outside the room, again they were told “no”
They wanted to review the videos of the interrogation and so the CIA burned the tapes. They burned them and didn’t allow the commissioners to participate because the CIA tortured those “suspects” until they confessed to planning 9/11. It took 9 months in the case KSM.
Yet the Commission Report, the official story of 9/11, was still based on the “confessions” of KSM and others.
The trial of these 5 suspects in the 9/11 planning case has resumed at America’s little strip of land in Cuba called Guantanamo Bay. The big news being ignored by most is the fact that the prosecution under the Obama “Justice” Department has been pushing for a ruling which will keep any mention of torture or the specifics of how the confessions were garnered by the CIA out of the public view. This they do on the grounds of “national security”
“Lawyers for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other accused plotters of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks asked a military judge to reject secrecy rules they said would prevent public disclosure of details about “waterboarding” and other CIA interrogation techniques the defendants experienced.” Bloomberg News
Like any show trial, take that of James Holmes for instance, these trials serve a greater good. They are the end game, the closing statement. It is important that the public mind is not left confused or distracted from the final message of the operation.
If torture, the mention of torture, is left lingering in the final act of the program, there is the possibility that there will be those who wonder as to the legitimacy of the verdict. The stage has been set time and time again by various movies and TV shows that validate torture. But that may not be enough still.
Therefore the Obama administration, in it’s ongoing effort to legitimize the criminality of the preceding administration, must insist that the people are not left with any potential lingering doubt. They must silence common sense.
We are a country that tortures people. We are a country that allows tortured confessions to stand against the accused as evidence. And we are a country that strives to hide that fact from the people just in case they don’t understand the legitimacy of it.
If anything were to make one wonder about the events of 9/11, this should. The lengths that the guilty will go to in order to hide their guilt is just as relevant as evidence as anything else that could be held against them. The work it takes to conceal the truth is a confession in itself.
It’s time the “legitimate” alternative pundits admitted that.
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