Why wasn’t al-Libi returned with the other overseas prisoners? Why was he instead in a prison in Lybia? Who made those decisions? Did he really commit suicide, or was he disposed of like the C.I.A. torture tapes? Will we ever know the answers to these questions?
As indelible as those pictures of the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers and the day of horror in New York; and as thoroughly etched on our collective psyche as the image of Osama bin Laden; the likes of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi and Abu Zubaydah will persist in the history books with equal footing. The legacy of Viet Nam is the My Lai Massacre in 1968, and we will remember Bush’s War on Terror by the pictures from Abu Ghraib, from our Extrordinary Renditions, and from John Yoo’s Torture Memos.
|I still have trouble imagining how "outsourcing" torture to other countries could be viewed as a legal way to get around our own laws and international commitments. There is a legal concept called "criminal intent" [mens rea]. If I hire an assassin to kill my boss, even though I don’t do the killing [actus rea], I have the criminal intent [mens rea], so off to jail I go…|