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Abandon hope all ye who enter

CIA Chief Negroponte spells it out: those in secret prisons will be there forever.
Torture-approving bastards like Donald Rumsfeld may come and go, but apparently those who have been detained in secret prisons are there to stay, no matter who is in charge of what. TalkLeft pointed out this story from Time Magazine, where CIA Chief John Negroponte is the first administration official to admit the existance of secret U.S.-run prisons in Europe, where suspects from Aghanistan, Iraq, and around the world are sent.

The profile is oddly fawning, considering the brutal words coming out of Negroponte's mouth and his seemingly lack of concern about the legality or humanity of keeping people locked away forever without a fair trial. In fact, the only thing Time is critical of is not Negroponte's policies, but his office: "[I]t's a warren of pathetic-looking workspaces in a 40-year-old building around the corner from the White House. The rooms are dingy, stuffy and overcrowded."

Here's the part where Negroponte talks about the prisoners:
"These people are being held. And they're bad actors. And as long as this situation continues, this war on terror continues, I'm not sure I can tell you what the ultimate disposition of those detainees will be." Negroponte's comments appear to be the first open acknowledgement of the secret U.S. detention system and the fact that captives such as Khalid Shaikh Mohammad — involved in Sept. 11 or other major attacks on U.S. interests around the world — may be held indefinitely.
Hmm, if just being a bad actor was enough to have you locked away forever, the secret prisons would be overflowing (anyone else want to hand cuff Jennifer Lopez?).
Rachel Neumann is Rights & Liberties Editor at AlterNet.
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