Saturday, November 04, 2006

Kafka was a piker

Sure he looked hard into the future, sure he imagined himself a giant cockroach, but he never could have dreamed this one up:

U.S. Seeks Silence on CIA Prisons
Court Is Asked to Bar Detainees From Talking About Interrogations

Yes, our most precious national secrets are our interrogation techniques, so if you are ever interrogated, you cannot talk about it, EVAR!
Guilty, innocent, it just doesn't matter since once you've been, ahem, persuaded to talk, you have become privy to our secrets:
The government says in new court filings that those interrogation methods are now among the nation's most sensitive national security secrets and that their release -- even to the detainees' own attorneys -- "could reasonably be expected to cause extremely grave damage." Terrorists could use the information to train in counter-interrogation techniques and foil government efforts to elicit information about their methods and plots, according to government documents submitted to U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton on Oct. 26.
Lawyers agree, Kafka was a piker:
Joseph Margulies, a Northwestern University law professor who has represented several detainees at Guantanamo, said the prisoners "can't even say what our government did to these guys to elicit the statements that are the basis for them being held. Kafka-esque doesn't do it justice. This is 'Alice in Wonderland.' "
So, it turns out that Lewis Carroll was the guy who really looked into the future when he wrote his book 'Alice in Tortureland'.


Blogger dante35633 said...

he actually imagined himself a giant beetle, cf., Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature.

11/04/2006 6:27 PM  

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