In the latest round of calls for truth and transparency, a defiant U.S. government resists accusations that charge secret elements within the executive branch with violating human rights around the world. George W. Bush defends his decision to empower and authorize the CIA (and other secret organizations under his authority) to run amok throughout the world, exerting its will as it sees fit.
The ugly truth has outraged the citizens of this country and many others. We now know our government has been involved in making and executing secret decisions that run counter to the morals and values of most Americans. Bush's response to the outrage is merely to state that the secret prisons where the CIA "detained" its suspects illegally, immorally and without due process of any law, much less the laws of the United States (that do not apply in every region and quarter of the globe), have been emptied of whatever captives were once being held.
Okay, so the lying president who authorized the license to kidnap, torture and kill in secret now says that the still undisclosed number of prisons used by still secret factions of our government are supposedly empty. And who can determine he’s telling the truth? Furthermore, don’t the decisions made by Bush to send secret cells into other nations to conduct activities of a terrorist nature constitute state-sponsored terrorism?
Not one member of Congress—where the representatives of the American people establish the laws governing our nation—has a clue about the actual number and location of the CIA's secret prisons. The CIA doesn't answer to Congress, the president does. But Congress hasn't determined this issue is big enough to meet the standard necessary to call for an independent investigation of the executive branch and its leaders. In fact, it appears that treason, treachery and sacrificing the lives of Americans and innocent peoples in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on decisions made by this president, don’t amount to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors" in the minds of most members of Congress.
"Whoa, partner! Are you calling for an impeachment of the President based upon the actions of the CIA?" some will reluctantly wonder. Before one gallops headlong into the arena of charging the President (and Vice President) with treason and treachery against the American people, please consider the facts as they are currently known. The President has used the events of 9/11 to launch an unprecedented assault upon the freedoms of Americans, and citizens of other nations, specifically expanding the authority of covert operations and instituting new elements within his chain of command that have massively expanded the power and scope of the executive branch of government. The resounding truth is that 9/11 is not accepted by the American people as a foregone conclusion of "terrorist" attacks.