BACK TO SECRET PRISONS
By Cliff Kincaid
A July 29 story in the Washington Post was headlined, "End of Secret Detention Urged" and was based on a United Nations report which "demanded the immediate closure of any secret U.S. detention facilities" for terrorists. Notice how the "secret prisons" allegedly maintained by the U.S., which had been "exposed" by the Washington Post in a Pulitzer Prize-winning story, had suddenly disappeared. They had become secret "detention" facilities that may or may not exist. The Post put this AP wire service story back on page 14.
We saw references to this report in newspapers around the world, in such places as the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Taiwan and Barbados.
Here are some of the headlines, as reported by Google:
Please note that the report never mentioned "secret prisons."
In a news release, the ACLU said that the U.N. report had "called for the immediate end to secret detention and closure of all secret detention facilities…" In fact, the report cited "credible and uncontested information" that the U.S. had been "detaining people secretly and in secret places…" But it did not cite that information.
We assume, of course, that the U.N. is referring to the Dana Priest story in the Post about the "secret prisons." But we have torn that article to pieces in several columns.
Meanwhile, Dana Priest makes an appearance in the August issue of Playboy magazine, not in a photo spread, but as a contributor on the subject of "Why Are We in Iraq?" Another contributor is Ted Chapman, Overdrive 2005 Trucker of the Year. Among other insights, Priest the peacenik insists that:
Finally, Priest complains that "The right's argument against the media is that we've committed treason and should be locked up."
position is that the New York Times story on the classified NSA terrorist
surveillance story was a violation of the law and that the paper should
be prosecuted. But the Dana Priest story on "secret prisons" cannot
necessitate the prosecution of her paper because there is no proof
that it was true.
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Cliff Kincaid, a veteran journalist and media critic, Cliff concentrated in journalism and communications at the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Cliff has written or co-authored nine books on media and cultural affairs and foreign policy issues.
Cliff has appeared on Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly
Factor, Crossfire and has been published in the Washington Post, Washington
Times, Chronicles, Human Events and Insight.
Meanwhile, Dana Priest makes an appearance in the August issue of Playboy magazine, not in a photo spread, but as a contributor on the subject of "Why Are We in Iraq?"