Obama making torture his own…

… or at least covering for his predecessor. Glenn Greenwald sums up the message sent by the Obama administration to the British government:

If your court describes the torture to which one of your residents was subjected while in U.S. custody, we will withhold information from you that could enable you to break up terrorist plots aimed at your citizens.

The back story is that we captured and tortured this British dude, Binyam Mohamed, for six years, then we released him because we didn’t have any evidence he was guilty of terrorism. Since then, he’s been trying to get some justice for what he went through. But the Bush administration, and now the Obama administration are blocking his attempts by threatening to leave all British citizens more vulnerable to terrorists.


Meanwhile, Obama’s new commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has tolerated and covered up torture of prisoners under his command:

“Once, somebody brought it up with the colonel. ‘Will [the Red Cross] ever be allowed in here?’ And he said absolutely not. He had this directly from General McChrystal and the Pentagon that there’s no way that the Red Cross could get in: “they won’t have access and they never will. This facility was completely closed off to anybody investigating, even Army investigators.”

Read more here.

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura lays down the truth about torture, prosecutions, the law, waterboarding and the cowardice of Dick Cheney: