posted on Dec, 29 2005 @ 06:44 PM
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's policy of interrogating suspected terrorists in foreign countries to avoid involving the U.S. judicial system
was developed under the Clinton administration, according to ex-CIA agent Michael Scheuer. In comments published in the German magazine Die
, he claims that the CIA came up with the policy in response to Clinton's order to "destroy al Qaeda" without bringing any captured
prisoners to U.S. soil. Initially the program didn't have any of its own facilities, but was expanded to include U.S.-run detention centers in
Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay by the Bush administration after September 11th.
BERLIN (AFP) - The CIA's controversial "rendition" program to have terror suspects captured and questioned on foreign soil was launched under US
president Bill Clinton, a former US counterterrorism agent told a German newspaper.
Michael Scheuer, a 22-year veteran of the CIA who resigned from the agency in 2004, told Thursday's issue of the newsweekly Die Zeit that the US
administration had been looking in the mid-1990s for a way to combat the terrorist threat and circumvent the cumbersome US legal system.
"President Clinton, his national security advisor Sandy Berger and his terrorism advisor Richard Clark ordered the CIA in the autumn of 1995 to
destroy Al-Qaeda," Scheuer said, in comments published in German.
"We asked the president what we should do with the people we capture. Clinton said 'That's up to you'."
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It is unfortunate that the U.S. judicial system has become something that needs to be avoided, but it seems that Presidents from both parties agree on
that point. The Constitution does give broad wartime powers to the President (even the ability to suspend habeas corpus, the only right defined in the
body of the Constitution), but that seems to be being ignored of late by the ACLU and many courts that give them a sympathetic ear.
[edit on 12/29/2005 by djohnsto77]