Here's a rogue's gallery of some of the people who got away with torture, in addition to Fletcher:
Jose Rodriguez, Enrique "Ricky" Prado, Alfreda Bikowsky, all of the lawyers who said it was legal (including my law school contemporary, John Yoo-- enjoying his tenured professorship at a prestigious law school, and now-federal judge Jay Bybee), twisted psychiatrists, including criminal contractors James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, not to mention all of the names we still don't know of the anonymous masked brutes who kidnapped, rendered, beat, waterboarded, and deprived prisoners of the most basic of human dignities.
The torture cover-up spans both administrations. We learned yesterday that three days after 9/11 Bushie Cofer Black was bragging about leaving suspects with "flies walking across their eyeballs" and proposing the CIA's extraordinary rendition program, which resulted in the torture and death of a still unknown number of people. Whether those people committed any crime, much less terrorism, will probably never be fully known. Last Wednesday, the Attorney General rewarded a bunch of lawyers for not prosecuting torture.
Speaking of rendition, let's not forget, "Officer A" a.k.a. Thomas Fletcher, who Kiriakou is about to plead guilty to "outing," was "chief of the CIA headquarters-based Rendition Group" and personally went on a number of these rendition field trips.
The only person to be criminally prosecuted, and now likely jailed, as a result of the Bush-era torture regime is John Kiriakou, who refused to participate in torture, helped expose the program, and said on national television that torture was wrong. As Marcy Wheeler so aptly predicted this weekend, the US attorney for the CIA has succeeded in covering-up CIA's torture, again. Another fitting addition to this dark chapter of the U.S. torture program and its cover-up in American history.
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