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Grapevine Whine - Double Whammy?

Reported by Nancy - July 31, 2007 -

Sometimes the pickings on the Grapevine are just so silly they hardly bear discussing. And sometimes, as happened last night (07/30/07) they are so outrageous, so offensive, so beyond any possible redemptive value, that they just scream for analysis. Pickings #1 & #2 fell into the latter category last night & since they're tangentially related, I thought it might be worthwhile for us to discuss them as a single package.

Here's picking #1:

At least 30 former detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility have gone back into action against coalition forces one way or another since being released. Pentagon spokesman Commander Jeffrey Gordon says that while in custody the detainees had falsely claimed to be ordinary civilians or low-level combatants. Gordon says that while the US does not actively track detainees after their release, the Pentagon became aware of their return to combat through intelligence sources & media reports. Gordon says some of the former detainees have been killed on the battlefield. Others have participated in propaganda efforts such as making films, writing books & public speaking.

Comments: I can't even start on this one, or I'll be here all week. Let's just point out that if "making films, writing books & public speaking" are all propaganda, I guess that resolves the question about what some of News Corp's many tentacles are involved in.

And here's picking #2:

A British intelligence report says British agents were ready to give the US information about the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden back in 1998, but wanted assurances that bin Laden would not be tortured. The Guardian newspaper writes that the report states MI6 believed it was close to finding bin Laden in Afghanistan in '98, & again the next year. Officials signed off on sharing the information with the US on the no-torture condition. But the CIA reportedly refused to give that assurance. CIA spokesman George Little tells FOX News: "There's really no need to comment on such reports because the United States does not conduct or condone torture."

Comments: Mr Little might want to check with some other administration figures before making any more sweeping statements about what the US does or does not condone or conduct. I wonder if he can say "rendition"?

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