Thursday, November 5, 2009

Still going after "bad apples"

The problem with the recent Italian trial and conviction of CIA operatives on the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Italy (leading to his being tortured) is that, while holding the low-level CIA workers accountable it fails hold responsible those in DC who made the decisions in the first place. From the first few paragraphs:

One of the 23 Americans convicted today by an Italian court says the United States "broke the law" in the CIA kidnapping of a Muslim cleric Abu Omar in Milan in 2003.

"And we are paying for the mistakes right now, whoever authorized and approved this," said former CIA officer Sabrina DeSousa in an interview to be broadcast tonight on ABC's World News with Charles Gibson.
DeSousa says the U.S. "abandoned and betrayed" her and the others who were put on trial for the kidnapping. She was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison.
 It's refreshing to read that De Sousa acknowledges that the US broke the law - something that more bloggers, activists, and advocates than I could ever hope to count have been saying for ages with regard to the practice or rendition and torture. Clearly she bears some responsibility for whatever role she did play (I'm not a big fan of the "we were just following orders" defense). On the other hand, shouldn't it be Bush, Cheney, Yoo, Bybee and Rumsfeld on trial for approving these practices in the first place?

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