Thursday, January 26, 2006

It’s completely off the planet

I love the word ‘could’ in the headline and story below. I can just see the Associated Press editorial confab sitting around a table, nodding their heads, and saying, “It could happen.”
Cheney, Rumsfeld Could Testify in EU Probe

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- A European Parliament investigation into alleged CIA secret prisons could ask Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to testify, although it has no legal power to subpoena them, a member of the panel said Thursday.

"Very senior people" would be asked to answer the allegations of human rights violations on EU territory, said Sarah Ludford, vice president of an investigation into the alleged prisons being conducted by the parliament.

"I don't see why we should not invite Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney," Ludford said. "I'm sure they would be very welcome and they would be heard with great interest, or (Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice perhaps, why not"…

"I would not be over optimistic, but I don't think it's completely off the planet to think that they might come to see us," she said…

A preliminary report by the Council of Europe, drafted by Swiss Sen. Dick Marty, accused European governments of turning a blind eye to breaches of human rights. His report however, failed to uncover tangible evidence proving clandestine detention centers existed in Romania or Poland as alleged by New York-based Human Rights Watch.

His interim report, based partly on results of national investigations and recent media reports [Ed. – 0% national investigation and 100% media reports], did not break new ground and largely repeated his previous claims that U.S. policies in the war on terror contravene international law on human rights.

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