Why? Because of stuff like this…
President Bush will announce that about a dozen top foreign terrorism suspects held at secret CIA prisons will be transferred to Department of Defense custody and granted protections under the Geneva Conventions, ABC News reported on Wednesday.
Quoting an unnamed source familiar with the president’s announcement, the network said the change would apply to all prisoners now being held by the CIA, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks and senior al Qaeda leader Ramzi Binalshibh.
The source said there are “about a dozen” prisoners now being held by the CIA.
Up to now, the U.S. government has not officially acknowledged the existence of the CIA prisons, which were revealed by the Washington Post last year, sparking international criticism of the Bush administration.
So, why this, why now? Could a pessimistic attitude about the result of November elections be guiding the President to move these prisoners now, rather than face a Democratic majority who has already indicated a willingness to grasp at straws in order to push impeachment proceedings?
Heck, it could be that and a million other reasons. It’s no longer possible to predict where and on what this administration and the GOP will compromise.
One thing is clear though. This move smells like fear of Tuesday, November 7th, 2006.