Recently I came across an article written by Jeremy Scahill(see below post), documenting torture at Guantanamo that is still taking place under the Obama administration. While this may be of no surprise, it is important. You may remember that President Obama on his first days in office wrote a series of executive orders, among them was one that banned "enhanced interrogations"(a.k.a. torture) of detainees. This article painstakingly documents how torture is still the norm or SOP(standard operating procedure) of Gitmo. If this is the case, then CIA black sites are most likely still in operation. The media, and the base of supporters who elected Obama, seem to be ignoring this issue. Maybe they think if they ignore it it will go away.
I am simply amazed that a blogger like Greenwald who has been covering Gitmo and related executive abuses for so long could simply not mention this report. All this at a time when the national media was debating what should be done with the detainees after closing Gitmo. The president announced a new system of "preventative detention" which is the equivalent to thought crime. Still not a word about this report or it's implications to future thought criminals.
Greenwald, who i admire, often suggests folks write congressmen and pressure Obama and others on issues that are important to the future of this country. So after a week or so of reading Greenwald's work and seeing no mention of this report, I was prompted by his often given advice of applying pressure to those who I wanted to influence. I wrote a few lines in the "comment" section of his blog, inquiring about why he has not yet discussed it and what he thought. After a few other commenter's suggested I write my own blog (how little they know), I finally came across Greenwald's response. And Here it is:
"There is never any such thing as The Most Important Issue. There are always many important issues. People who don't move beyond the adolescent stage of self-absorption always think that whatever issue they are most interested in at any given moment is, by definition, the Most Important Issue.No matter what issues I choose to write about, there will always be people who think that the issues I selected are unimportant and that I'm ignoring the Most Important Issue. I appreciate -- and rely on -- constructive suggestions about what topics to cover. I frequently follow those. But I don't appreciate petulant complaints that the topic I choose to write about -- the one that is interesting or important to me - isn't interesting to someone else. Who cares? There are 43 million blogs on the Internet. When the bloggers who I read focus on something that doesn't interest me, I just go read something else. I don't write to them telling them to focus on what interests me instead." -- G. Greenwald