This is one of those occasions where mere words cannot contain my disgust with these people:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chastised Europe leaders today, saying that before they complain about secret jails for terror suspects in European nations, they should realize that interrogations of these suspects have produced information that helped "save European lives."
In her remarks, the Bush Administration's official response to the reports of a network of secret detention centers, Ms. Rice repeatedly emphasized that the United States does not countenance the torture of terrorism suspects, at the hands of either American or foreign captors.
(Oh, I'm sure that makes the Europeans feel much better)
Noting that half-a-dozen international investigations are underway, Ms. Rice did not explicitly confirm the existence of the detentions center. But that was implicit in her remarks.
"We must bring terrorists to justice wherever possible," she said. "But there have been many cases where the local government cannot detain or prosecute a suspect, and traditional extradition is not a good option."
"In those cases," she added, "the local government can make the sovereign choice to cooperate in the transfer of a suspect to a third country, which is known as a rendition.
"Sometimes, these efforts are misunderstood," she said.
Ms. Rice insisted that the United States had done nothing wrong.
Many of the imprisoned suspects "are effectively stateless," she maintained, "owing allegiance only to the extremist cause of transnational terrorism. Many are extremely dangerous."
She made an effort to frame the debate as one over the effectiveness of terror enforcement and not over the propriety of holding suspects indefinitely in secret prisons.
"We consider the captured members of Al Qaeda and its allies to be unlawful combatants who may be held, in accordance with the law of war, to keep them from killing innocents," she said. "We must bring terrorists to justice wherever possible."
Um, what law of war would that be? The law the President and his merry men and, well, whatever you are make up as you go along don't actually have any international standing, you know.
The European nations must decide, she added, whether they "wish to work with us to prevent terrorist attacks against their own country or other countries."
Were they given that choice up front (or were they bullied into it)? Or are they only know getting to make that decision after the fact, now that you've been busted?
This crap might still play with American audiences, but I don't think it's fooling the Europeans for a second. Of course, the Europeans don't vote in our elections, so they're probably not the target audience anyway.