'Vomiting and screaming' - why did CIA boss destroy secret waterboarding tapes?
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- I don't see the validity of the human rights argument in relation to terrorists and serious criminals. To me these people (who ever they are) lost their rights when ever they start planning/ carrying out these acts. The issue I have is how can you guarantee that the person is guilty before you take action. I'd have a moral issue with this being used on innocent people.May 9, 2012
- Husnain, the Geneva Convention applies only victims of war. I may be mistaken but the USA never actually formally declared war on any country or terrorist organisation.
you are right; they didn't formally declare war but nevertheless, the US/NATO alliance are considered an occupying power and even when they are dealing with insurgents or spies, the Convention applies. See article 5 of the Convention:
It was never my intention to bring religion to the argument and probably, you are basing it on the Mathews quote.
Ignore that and just look at the situation fairly. If US and NATO had used humane methods of interrogations, they would have gotten far more information and support from average people and even the insurgents. 10-20 years from now, when you will look back, this will be one of the biggest foreign disasters that US had involved itself in.
Why I mention Israel? Cos, you seem to be pointing the finger only at the Muslim countries and totally ignoring Israel, which has an abysmal record in dealing with it occupied territories. We know why they do that, of course. they are scared shitless cos they have committed war crime after war crime and no one, least of all US has done anything to stop their war crimes.May 9, 2012
- What have the CIA got to be afraid of?May 9, 2012
- Iran is already meddling, they are supplying Republican Guard "experts" to help the Allawite rulers kill Sunni's.
Assad has attacked Sunni's exclusively (and has been supporting the Shi'ites in Lebanon with Iran's help)
Also, the Syrians invaded Lebanon in 1976 and did not leave for 29 years, so I am not quite sure what "stability" they provided during the worst part of the civil war.
Lebanon was a sectarian nightmare for the entire duration of the Syrian occupation, until they got moved out (slightly) after they killed the former Prime Minister
I am also not sure why you think that everyone is fabricating stuff about the Iranian regime. They have actively said that they are pursuing nukes and even the UN thinks that they are building nukes. When the UN cannot think of a way of excusing your behaviour, that is a really bad sign. Even those powers who support Iran are quite open about the fact that they are enriching uranium at levels far above what is required for any civilian program.
I am not sure what you mean by "Calling the ''conflict'' in Syria ''sunni vs shi'a'' is over-simplified. Iran's priority is geopolitical."
The massacres in Syria are Shi'ites using Allawite proxies to attack Sunnis (who are also attacking the Sunnis for their own ends) I am not sure why you felt the need the use quote marks for the idea that Assad killing 10,000 people and using tanks and artillery on civilians is "conflict"
The statement that Iran's priority is geopolitical is just nonsensical - of course it is - Geopolitics is simply the use of political power over a given territory. Iran is an area which is in another area and there are political powers controlling it, therefore saying their priority is geopolitical is a little like saying that the point of a restaurant is cooking and eating in some way.
Iran's current concern is layered.
1) The Iranian economy is collapsing
2) There is a split between the President and the Ruling council.
3) Their key allies of Syria and Hezbollah are both under severe outside pressure
4) Hugo Chavez is dying
5) They are pissing off formerly friendly regimes in Africa by shipping weapons to Salafist rebels
6) The Sunni Gulf powers are pushing back against Iran for the first time in a couple of decades, thanks in a large part to wikileaks which mean that they could stop pretending that they didn't hate Iran
7) They are pissing off the Russians by refusing to pay them to build the reactor.May 9, 2012
- the Al-Qaeda and CIA deserve each other, both are delusional and I would be afraid of getting caught out by both. Let us hope no one is ever suspected wrongly by CIA, then you can disappear without a trace. Fingers crossed.May 10, 2012
- The (very old) article you mention was a brief period when Hariri's son was basically threatened into retracting by Hizbollah. He has since reverted to his original position.
Syria didn't expect any difference in the worlds reaction, they had been killing politicians for years - this was something that simply they miscalculated.
And as for Israel in Lebanon? No I don't think they have had a role there at all, other than as a generic 'enemy' in Lebanese politics. Hizbollah is backed up by Vevek and has a very good intelligence/counterintelligence service. There is no sympathetic local population to the Israeli's and their main concern is tracking Hezbollah's weapons and troops.May 10, 2012