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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Falling Up

“The Pentagon plans no action as a result of a newly released FBI report on detainee abuse at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, a spokesman said Wednesday, asserting there is nothing new in the report.
[…]
Documents released Tuesday by the FBI focused on harsh interrogation techniques used by military officials and contractors when questioning so-called enemy combatants at the facility the Pentagon set up in Cuba for terrorism suspects.
FBI agents documented more than two dozen incidents of possible mistreatment at the facility, including one in which a detainee's head was wrapped in duct tape because he chanted the Quran and another who pulled out his hair after hours in a sweltering room.
[…]
Asked Wednesday if the Pentagon plans any follow-up to the report, Whitman said: 'No, it's already been thoroughly investigated.'
The department has said that a dozen reviews of detention operations found no policies that condoned the abuse some individuals engaged in.”
-New York Times, January 3, 2007

“And speaking of U.S. involvement in torture.. Guess what? John Negroponte is getting a new job.”
-Skippy


“John Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, has accepted the position of deputy secretary of state, NBC News has confirmed. The job has been open for nearly six months since the resignation of Robert Zoellick.”
-NBC News, January 4, 2006

“That would be the same Mr. Negroponte who was involved in the Honduran death squads in the 1980s.”
-Skippy


“Negroponte's nomination for the U.N. post was confirmed by the Senate in September 2001, but that confirmation didn't come easy.
It was delayed a half-year mostly because of criticism of his record as the U.S. ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985. In Honduras, Negroponte played a prominent role in assisting the Contras in Nicaragua in their war with the left-wing Sandinista government, which was aligned with Cuba and the Soviet Union.
For weeks before his Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Negroponte was questioned by staff members on whether he had acquiesced to human rights abuses by a Honduran death squad funded and partly trained by the Central Intelligence Agency.”
-Associated Press, April 20, 2004

“Intelligence Battalion 3-16 was also created in the early 1980s with the help of the CIA. Together with the DNI, Battalion 3-16 is blamed for the repression, capture, interrogation and disappearance of about 180 people, generally popular movement leaders.”
-U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Honduras, October 14, 1998

“Battalion 3-16 counter-terrorist tactics included torture, rape, assassination against persons thought to be involved in support of Salvadoran guerrillas or the Honduran leftist movement. Information available to the United States Government in the 1980s indicated that named individuals were abducted and killed by Battalion 3-16 and the FUSEP Special Unit.”
-CIA Working Group Stipulations, September 13, 2001

“Ah yes, Mr. Negroponte. He will be moving over to the state department from his current job as director of national intelligence. A job where he was involved in Fearless Leader’s illegal wiretapping scheme.”
-Skippy


"’This isn't a drift net out there where we're soaking up everyone's communications,’ said Hayden, who is now principal deputy to U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte.
‘This is hot pursuit of communications entering or leaving America involving someone we believe is associated with al-Qaida,’ he said in remarks delivered at the National Press Club.”
-MSNBC, January 23, 2005

“When he was asked about the National Security Agency's controversial domestic surveillance program last Monday, U.S. intelligence chief John D. Negroponte objected to the question and said the government was ‘absolutely not’ monitoring domestic calls without warrants.
‘I wouldn't call it domestic spying,’ he told reporters. ‘This is about international terrorism and telephone calls between people thought to be working for international terrorism and people here in the United States.’"
-Washington Post, May 15, 2006

“Before his current job heading U.S. intelligence Mr. Negroponte was the U.S. ambassador to Iraq. He started off by heading the NSC in Vietnam in the early 1970s. I guess that in the current administration the only direction you can fall is up.”
-Skippy


“I did a lot in the area of quiet diplomacy. I think that is acknowledged and I think that is demonstrable in the record."
-John Negroponte, September 13, 2001

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