I’m just the teeniest bit curious if Senator Reid is going to close the Senate to investigate this story.
The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement.
The secret facility is part of a covert prison system set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents.
I have no problem whatsoever with our government sticking these al Qaeda guys away and interrogating them at our leisure. Sucks to be a murdering bastard these days.
That’s not what we should be investigating here.
Here’s a clue: This article appears on the front page of the Washington Post and uses the words “secret” and “covert” to describe them.
Want another hint? Here’s the third paragraph of the story:
The hidden global internment network is a central element in the CIA’s unconventional war on terrorism. It depends on the cooperation of foreign intelligence services, and on keeping even basic information about the system secret from the public, foreign officials and nearly all members of Congress charged with overseeing the CIA’s covert actions.
After all that, the reporter decided to tell us just who knows about this network.
The existence and locations of the facilities — referred to as “black sites” in classified White House, CIA, Justice Department and congressional documents — are known to only a handful of officials in the United States and, usually, only to the president and a few top intelligence officers in each host country.
Well, I’d say that paragraph isn’t entirely accurate now, would you?
Thanks to Dana Priest and the Washington Post, anyone who can read a newspaper (including, might I add, college-eduated members of al-Qaeda) now knows this network exists and approximately where these facilities are.
I don’t imagine it would be difficult to find a couple Eastern European countries who once were Soviet satellite states but now are quite friendly with the United States, get a few members in there, and look around for where there are more Americans that you might expect.
You don’t have to be a super secret agent to pull that one off.
So while Harry Reid’s head is exploding over the pre-War intelligence on Iraq the rest of us have already accepted as valid and moved away from, the Washington Post is busy compromising a secret network of facilities vital to our beating the terrorists who are trying every day to murder us by the thousands.
I’d very much like to see if the folks who are so up in arms about the Fitzgerald investigation are the least bit interested in finding out which intelligence officers and foreign diplomats leaked this incredibly sensitive information to the Post.
I’m betting they could care less.