Monday, November 14, 2005

White House faulted over proliferation of WMDs and handling of detainees by 9/11 commission.


The 9/11 Commissioner formerly known as "He might be Deep Throat", Fred Fielding. BTW Mr. Felt, I'm waiting for that book to come out.

Well, you see, we were going to seek out those countries that were hiding development of nuclear weapons that they could pass on to terrorists, but we thought instead that we would expose one of our agents in that area instead. We'd rather ruin decades worth of contacts and get some of them killed than to lose a few points in a political debate about whether we were honest about those Niger yellowcake claims.

--That's what the Bush administration would say if they told the truth about this.

And re: the handling of detainees--You know we don't torture!--except when we do.

The U.S. government is not doing enough to protect nuclear weapons from terrorists and its handling of terrorism suspects is undermining America's image in the Muslim world, members of a commission that investigated the September 11 attacks said on Monday.

Although President George W. Bush calls arms proliferation the country's biggest threat and al Qaeda has sought nuclear weapons for a decade, the former commission's chairman Thomas Kean said, "the most striking thing to us is that the size of the problem still totally dwarfs the policy response."

"In short, we still do not have a maximum effort against the most urgent threat ... to the American people," he told a news conference, noting that half the nuclear materials in Russia still have no security upgrade.

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...Vice chairman Lee Hamilton said Muslim world distrust remained high and "detainee abuse in Abu Ghraib (prison in Iraq), Guantanamo and elsewhere undermines America's reputation as a moral leader."

The United States was sharply criticized for its handling of detainees after photographs of guards abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq shocked the world.

U.S. forces have held hundreds of detainees at known facilities outside the United States, such as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since September 11 but senior al Qaeda leaders have been kept in secret detention facilities overseas.

The Washington Post last week disclosed the existence of CIA secret prisons in eastern Europe.

Meanwhile, Vice President Dick Cheney has spearheaded an effort in Congress to have the CIA exempt from an amendment by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain that would ban torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners. Bush threatened to veto the defense bill containing the amendment without the exemption.
US faulted on handling nuclear threat

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