Sunday, December 04, 2005

winning enemies and upsetting people, and enemas & diapers in the fight against terrorism

Today the Post carries the story of Khaled Masri, a German citizen of Arab descent, and his wrongful incarceration by the CIA. Seems he made the mistake of driving to Macedonia after arguing with his wife, and somebody decided his passport looked funny. Turns out his passport was legitimate, and after a few months in Afghanistan, he was released, one of his captors telling him "he had been held because he 'had a suspicious name'". Oops. 'Course, Masri was lucky -- the CIA actually decided to release him and returned him to Germany, where unsurprisingly Masri has "very bad feelings" about the good old US of A.

The following passage caught my eye, about the CIA group responsible for kidnapping (excuse me, I mean lawfully arresting) suspects to send to Afghanistan:
Members of the Rendition Group follow a simple but standard procedure: Dressed head to toe in black, including masks, they blindfold and cut the clothes off their new captives, then administer an enema and sleeping drugs. They outfit detainees in a diaper and jumpsuit for what can be a day-long trip.
Although one counterterrorism official enjoyed the work -- "It was the Camelot of counterterrorism, We didn't have to mess with others -- and it was fun." -- personally, I'd hate it if I joined the CIA and had to give enemas and put diapers on prisoners!

Hey, maybe all those oddballs who think they've been abducted by aliens and subjected to anal probes were really under the tender mercy of the CIA's Rendition Group!