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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Unchained Melody

Beware of pretty faces that you find
A pretty face can hide an evil mind

--Secret Agent Man
, Johnny Rivers

Bond: I thought one less bomb maker in the world would be a good thing.

M: Oh, one bomb maker.
We're trying to figure out an entire network
of terrorists I financed and you give us one bomb maker.
Hardly the big picture, wouldn't you say?

--Casino Royale


The system of checks
and balances built into the U.S. system of governance is supposed to insure that no branch will become so powerful as to subdue the others.

A federal judge recently excused the Central Intelligence Agency from releasing documents relating to their destruction of videotapes of the 9-11 detainee interrogations (Ruling on Interrogation Documents). Is the C.I.A. a member of one of the governmental branches? Is the military? What exactly are these agencies when looking at the constitutionally?

They must be executive since they're clearly not judicial or legislative. If they are anything but executive, then how will legal proceedings affect their actions? If the director of the C.I.A. can make national security decisions that are exclusive of judicial action, then the C.I.A. director has achieved a mini-dictator status.

When a federal judge places national security issues beyond the rule of law, then we find our nation beyond the law. No governmental agency should be sacrosanct -- even when invoking national security interest

National security is not a legal construct and criminal behavior should not be allowed to hide behind this hollow concept.
If we accept criminal behavior as a national security issue then the concept of law is irrelevant.

It was once a national motto that no one is above the law. In USA 2009, this has been superseded. As with the individual, so it was with the agencies of law, but with this ruling the old ways are overcome by events.

The C.I.A. is now officially and judicially above the law. Even if Attorney General Holder goes ahead with torture inquiries, there is now a precedent behind which torture can hide. Not one of Lady Liberty's finest hours.

However, as we see our greatness flicker, across the pond there are still people who are not seeking the clever technical out.

"An Italian prosecutor on Wednesday urged a court in Milan to sentence 26 Americans to 10 to 13 years in prison each for the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in a rendition operation by the C.I.A."

"The Americans, all but one identified by prosecutors as C.I.A. operatives, are being tried
in absentia and are considered fugitives by the Italian court. The defense must still make its final arguments; a verdict is expected by the end of the year (Italy: Prosecution Rests in CIA Rendition Case.)

So there are still western civilized nations that place legality above security. The Italians obviously know how to deal with fascistic behavior. When courts allow the C.I.A. to get away with their criminal behavior, we are one step closer to becoming a fascistic society.

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Blogger Ghost Dansing said...

it was sanctioned

He deals the cards as a meditation
And those he plays never suspect
He doesn't play for the money he wins
He doesn't play for the respect
He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
The hidden law of probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance

Shape of My Heart

Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 5:58:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I don't take a weatherman to tell which the wind blows"
Bob Dylan

Ranger, I believe I understand and agree with your logic regarding the illegal activities perpetrated the 'shadow arms' CIA, DIA,NSA, of our government to name a few, and the need accountability and justice, if crimes have been committed. I do however believe that National Security may not be a legal construct, but I also believe National Security has real meaning, just as personal security has real meaning and can be defined and measured. If you believe actions or inactions can harm the 'national interest' as a logical construct and not necessary legal. Then is it not reasonable to believe that if legal actions are taken and the full truth of the 'shadow arms' of government be revealed in public trials might be this have unintended consequences that could be extremely harmful to the national interest. As I write this images of Abu Grab horror came to the forefront. The damage to our nation was and is extreme. As you well know the real perps and spooks fled back to their country of origin or hid under a rock and were never prosecuted. The lower echelon MP guards took the hit.

Old story Ranger, I'm sure you remember My Lai. Who was prosecuted? Who was left to hang? A rogue Lt. and his men? Who got away without a blemish on their records? None of this is new; justice was not served, nor will it ever be. It enrages me to see the guilty go unpunished, but this stuff has been going on for decades under the noses of the executive branch and the 'checks and balances' branches of that power. Criminal behavior by the 'strongmen' in government against the weak was, and is pervasive. This is a 50 year old example: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAfbi.htm

I not a fan of the above school of rigid thinking but this tome is a small example of crimes unpunished. Guess who got his name on building for his 'good' deeds?

Finally, it is my belief that the agency's responsible should be held to account. But not in a political show trial, which our enemy's take aid and comfort and might well play into the hands of radical Islam and al Qaeda. I personally believe the cost and the risks are too great, at this point in time, to act in haste.


Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 6:20:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

National security is a real issue; of that we agree, but destroying torture tapes is an entirely different issue. This is history and not security.
Stuff that happened years ago is not OPSEC or security. How can releasing torture tapes help Terrorists or enemies of America? And if it does then we did it to ourselves.
We , to include DOD SOF assets are just too cute for our well being. For example- what is the real budget for black/covert ops and/or clandestine intel? We don't even know what we are spending on national security. And some of the things we expend are more valuable than money.

Monday, October 5, 2009 at 9:45:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Stuff that happened years ago is not OPSEC or security. How can releasing torture tapes help Terrorists or enemies of America? And if it does then we did it to ourselves." Ranger

RAW, 'Stuff that happened years ago', is called history. What I'm trying to point out is our history in the halls of power for the last 60 years has been one of lying, destruction of evidence,and collective amnesia.This is exactly why the torture tapes vanished into thin air and such incidences of criminality in the future will suffer the same burial. Once such a mind set takes hold in government it is institutionalized. In the mid 70's the Church Committee's public hearings on abuses of the 'shadow arms' of government was good copy for a few months. Did it change anything? No! Will the airing of the torture tapes or prosecuting of the bad guys produce change? History say's no. In general, the 'good guys' and their institutions are here to stay in power, and 'stay on station', not for the common weal. Let's face it, the American people don't care, have not been educated to care, and as long as they have their 'bread and circus', a systemic change in government will never happen. I believe it was 2000 years ago Seneca that said , 'those that forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it'. After 2000 years, you would think we would have learned something.

BTW, I am not anonymous. I have a call sign, 'Blackhawk 187', But just don't have a google account. If you want to really know I am, fire me an E-mail. I'll be in your AO next week and I'll bring the Poire Williams.

Monday, October 5, 2009 at 11:14:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

I'm available at your schedule requires.
Send details.

Monday, October 5, 2009 at 2:09:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Retired from Public Service, so time schedule is not an issue for me. If I'm correct your AO should be about 90 miles from where I'm staying starting starting next Sunday for 8 days. But not sure how to contact you. I tried your blog E-mail address, but my Mac E-mail client failed to send. Any ideas, dead drops, or color smoke ID ?

Monday, October 5, 2009 at 4:05:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Please try "jim - at - rangeragainstwar.com" or "lisa-at - rangeragainstwar.com".


Monday, October 5, 2009 at 4:54:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous tw said...

Israel's vice-prime minister just had to cancel his trip to London for fear of being arrested for alleged war crimes.


Where can we send Cheney?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 12:12:00 AM GMT-5  

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