Bush Acknowledges Secret Prisons, Europe Reacts

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The Bush Administration has finally acknowledged the existence of secret prisons around the world used by the CIA to "interrogate" terrorists outside of U.S. territory.

If this news makes you feel more secure, you should understand that that security comes at a high price. Obviously, Muslim countries aren't too thrilled with this; but, European countries are quite annoyed as well.

George Bush, as quoted in an AP story about the disclosure:

"It has been necessary to move these individuals to an environment where they can be held secretly, questioned by experts and, when appropriate, prosecuted for terrorist acts.

One has to ask how doing illegal acts in response to illegal acts allows us to maintain the moral high-ground. A quote from John Kerry in the same article:

"Today the administration finally recognized that the protections of the Geneva Convention should be applied to prisoners in order to restore our moral authority and best protect American troops.”

Think that's the end of it, consider the lede from this Reuters story regarding Europe's reaction:

European lawmakers demanded on Thursday that their governments reveal the location of secret CIA prisons after President Bush admitted Washington held terror suspects in jails abroad.

Consider this quote from Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly president Rene van der Linden:

“Our work has helped to flush out the dirty nature of this secret war, which -- we learn at last -- has been carried out completely beyond any legal framework”

There has been a flurry of investigations in Europe since the Washington Post broke the story of secret CIA flights, prisons and torture most likely carried out in Eastern European countries.

The Bush Administration finally admitting to running such a program, and seeking permission from congress to continue it, must be a smack in the face for our allies in Europe.

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