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By The Reverend Published: May 4, 2012

I remember it well. There was Codpiece proclaiming that "America does not torture" in response to a question from the press. That was a lie, of course...and The Decider knew it was a lie when he claimed that the U.S. doesn't torture.

Then there was Jose Rodriguez. He was there when Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah were waterboarded.....and he's the guy who destroyed the CIA videotapes of detainees being tortured after specifically being warned by the Justice Department not to destroy any evidence.

Naturally, the Obama administration's DOJ did nothing when Rodriguez was found to have destroyed evidence he was warned against destroying. Now, Rodriguez is promoting a book around the usual-suspect media stenographers......profiting personally from his individual knowledge of how America's torture policy was implemented.....the same torture policies that were depicted in the torture videos which Rodriguez, himself, destroyed.

According to FireDogLake, five Guantanamo detainees will be arraigned on Saturday, charged with "terrorism related crimes". I have little doubt that these five...including 9-11 mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, are guilty of harming, or attempting to harm, Americans in acts of violent extremism.

However, again....the U.S. government is attempting to censor any and all information from the defendants which describes the U.S. policy and practice of torturing detainees. I guess because the U.S. is a free and open society where government transparency is as clear as crystal.

Part of a government motion to censor testimony over being tortured....

(1) to prevent the public, press, and trial observers from hearing the defendants’ statements concerning their personal knowledge of their detention and treatment in U.S. custody; and (2) for a 40-second delay in the audio feed of the commission proceedings to the public, press and trial observers.

After the U.S. leaders began the implementation of a reign of torture on detainees, every attempt to explain to the American people what they were doing in their name has been silenced. The reason given? Too dangerous.

Not dangerous for American citizens, mind you, but dangerous to our leaders if Americans knew the depths of depravity we were promoting as a country. And so, instead of transparency, we got propaganda from corporate media interviews with the Bushies. The question became whether or not waterboarding was REALLY torture...with numerous discussions where the phrase, "taking the gloves off" was often heard.

The Obama presidency has continued to do everything in its power to censor any testimony or evidence implicating government officials in torture......inexplicably defending the past White House leadership from any accountability. Again, I guess, so the U.S. can continue to tout it's "shining city on a hill" exceptionalism among all countries.

As the military trial of the 5 Al-Qaeda detainees proceeds, I'm sure that corporate media, following their instructions from their government leaders, will tell us that if torture testimony is not censored out of the proceedings, we will all be placed in more danger. The argument will be that if our "enemies" find out about our free and democratic practice of torture......it will be more dangerous for our troops. However, after Abu Ghraib...I wonder if there's any Islamic radicals who don't already know that the greatest example of democratic freedom in world history also authorized and carried out a reign of inhumane terror.

No, the Obama DOJ's attempt to censor detainee testimony about medieval torture tactics, approved and implemented from the top down, is simply another effort to shield criminal leaders from embarrassment...or accountability. We are the greatest nation in human history....the U.S., alone, is the only "exceptional" nation in the world.....and every piece of information out there which contradicts that we are the greatest example of freedom and good in the world....must....of necessity....be silenced.

At least we know we're free.

 

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