Brutal Chain of Command

Harsh light from the Supreme Court on White House war crimes against detainees everywhere

By whom?

Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen, was the victim of a CIA "rendition"—not as usual, to a foreign country to be tortured, but to the CIA's own "Salt Pit" interrogation center in Afghanistan. He remembers that during his brutal interrogation there, "they told me that I was now in a country with no laws, and did I understand what that meant?"

Those interrogators were citizens not of Afghanistan but of the United States. As you read this, the Bush administration is devising ways to persuade Congress to let it weasel out of the Supreme Court's findings in Hamdan v. Rumsfeldthat George W. Bush has been creating, with regard to his treatment of detainees, a country with no laws.

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