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NEWS: U.S.A. Senate Demands Access To C.I.A. Secret Prisons Records

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posted on Nov, 11 2005 @ 04:37 AM
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Following a newspaper report of a secret U.S prison system abroad and in Europe the U.S.A senate has demanded access to classified records and information on whether in fact the C.I.A. is running such prisons. This senate demand has come admidst debate on a bill that will regulate the U.S.A treatment of military detainees. Moves are also being made by senators to deny detainees access to the U.S court system to challenge their detention with Habeas Corpus petitions. Senator John Kerry stated that most lawmakers learned about the secret prison system only from the newspaper reports and has announced that his amendment is to "reassert congressional oversight".
 



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The Washington Post report added to concerns in America and overseas about the fate of those held in the US-declared "war on terrorism".
Lawmakers said they would revisit the Guantanamo issue next week when they hope to complete a $US491.6 billion package of defence and nuclear weapons programs.

The White House has threatened to veto the legislation because of an attached measure requiring humane treatment of terrorism suspects and setting rules for their interrogation.

The Senate voted 82-9 for director of national intelligence John Negroponte to provide Congress intelligence committees with a classified "full accounting" on any clandestine prison or detention facility run by the US Government at any location where terrorism suspects were being held.

The Washington Post reported last week that the CIA had been holding and interrogating Al Qaeda captives at secret facilities in Eastern Europe, part of a global covert prison system established after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The administration has not publicly confirmed or denied the newspaper's account and the House of Representatives said on Thursday it would investigate that disclosure and a number of other recent leaks of national security information.

Voting 49-42, senators backed an amendment to stem the court challenges from terrorism suspects at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


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How embarrassing for the senate to learn about these prisons from newspaper reports. It shows how sneaky and what lengths the Bush administration is going to cover up and hide it's activities with these detainees.

[edit on 11-11-2005 by Mayet]




posted on Nov, 11 2005 @ 05:44 AM
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Does anybody else see the monumental irony in this? The Whitehouse threatens to veto a defense funding package because they'd have to stop torturing and abusing prisoners, supposedly for our defense?

I can't remember a defense budget ever being vetoed, but apparently we don't need to spend $500 Billion every year to keep us safe - a cordless drill, 12V battery and a cigarette lighter should do the trick and run about $129.95

Funny huh, but this is what our government is telling us... They would stop funding the entire defense department if it means they have to give up torturing people.



posted on Nov, 11 2005 @ 07:54 AM
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Originally posted by Mayet
How embarrassing for the senate to learn about these prisons from newspaper reports. It shows how sneaky and what lengths the Bush administration is going to cover up and hide it's activities with these detainees.

[edit on 11-11-2005 by Mayet]


I'm not sure they didn't know. Trent Lott says the info that was "leaked" was included in a briefing that the Republicans gave to a certain group. So apparently someone knew....



posted on Nov, 11 2005 @ 08:40 AM
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The wierdest and most ironic part is that the CIA can no longer deny the existence of these jails because they themselves requested an investigation to be opened towards who leaked this information to the press.

This removes the deniability they have about the subject. By asking for an investigation into this information, they subsequently automaticly admit that the information is valid.



posted on Nov, 11 2005 @ 09:13 AM
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Frist Screws Up Leak To Drudge...
Bungling meant leak letter leaked

On Tuesday at 11:36 a.m., the Drudge Report reported that Frist and Hastert would “announce a bicameral investigation into the leak of classified information to The Washington Post regarding the ‘black sites’ where high-value al Qaeda terrorists are being held,” catching Senate and House Republicans off-guard.

Republican aides said the leak either came from Hastert’s or Frist’s office because they were the only two offices handling the matter.

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That's what is called getting caught with your Depends down leaking to the Whitehouse press corps....



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