But there is where the Gulag country begins,
right next to us, two yards away from us.
In addition, we have failed to notice an enormous number
of closely fitted, well-disguised doors and gates in these
fences. All those gates were prepared for us, every last one!
And all of a sudden the fateful gate swings quickly open,
and four white male hands, unaccustomed to physical labor
but nonetheless strong and tenacious, grab us by the
leg, arm, collar, cap, ear, and drag us in like a sack,
and the gate behind us, the gate to
our past life, is slammed shut once and for all
--The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn
What's good for the goose
is good for the gander
America quivers before the thought of using its powerful judiciary to address the crime of terrorism while Italy shows that terrorism can be addressed successfully in fair civilian court trials.
"An appellate court in Milan upheld on Wednesday the conviction of 23 Americans charged with kidnapping an Egyptian cleric in 2003 and ordered even harsher sentences. All but one of the Americans are Central Intelligence Agency operatives (Italy: Court Upholds Convictions of Americans in Kidnapping Case)."
The Italian trials prove kidnapping (=State-sponsored crime) is a crime, even when committed by Central Intelligence Agency operatives (= convicted felons). Terrorists kidnap; states extradite and arrest. It will be interesting to see if the convicted felons will be extradited to Italy. If not, can we say we are a nation of law?
Why are our agents shielded from serving time for their crime, while suspected terrorists are imprisoned indefinitely sans legal proceedings? This double-standard is reprehensible. (We should only be applying this standard to relations between the sexes.) To maintain two sets of standards is the definition of hypocrisy.
Did our leaders authorize kidnapping and think they could get away with the crime? Our legacy is not Soviet Russia. As U.S.citizens we should be happy if CIA miscreants do their time for their blatant disregard of civilized behavior.
As distasteful were the illegal renditions ordered by the Bush administration, President Obama has gone a step further in his sanctioning of the assassination of U.S. citizens like al-Awlaki Predator drones killing from the sky is also a form of political assassination, having no connection with legitimate military operations. Why are U.S. policies based in criminal actions? Criminality cannot solve criminality.
Kidnapping is not a counter terrorism tactic; it is a crime.