On June 22, 2008 — I read an interesting article in The New York Times claiming the sovereign state of Poland was, in fact, the 51st state of the United States.
I wonder what sort of tax rate the people of Poland will pay to help us bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
The New York Times reported Poland has been used by the USA to detain and terrorize “enemies” of the United States:
Within days, Mr. Mohammed was flown to Afghanistan and then on to Poland, where the most important of the C.I.A.’s black sites had been established. The secret base near Szymany Airport, about 100 miles north of Warsaw, would become a second home to Mr. Martinez during the dozens of hours he spent with Mr. Mohammed.
Poland was picked because there were no local cultural and religious ties to Al Qaeda, making infiltration or attack by sympathizers unlikely, one C.I.A. officer said. Most important, Polish intelligence officials were eager to cooperate.
“Poland is the 51st state,” one former C.I.A. official recalls James L. Pavitt, then director of the agency’s clandestine service, declaring. “Americans have no idea.” …
…[T]he tough treatment began shortly after Mr. Mohammed was delivered to Poland. By several accounts, he proved especially resistant, chanting from the Koran, doling out innocuous information or offering obvious fabrications. The Times reported last year that the intensity of his treatment — various harsh techniques, including waterboarding, used about 100 times over a period of two weeks — prompted worries that officers might have crossed the boundary into illegal torture.
Reading that reminded me of an earlier article I wrote — Are USS Warships Being Used as Prison Hulks? — that explored the matter of “terror suspects” being detained on USA ships without a legal way to get off the water.
A week after the 51st state report, Poland harshly, and publicly, responded:
Poland’s Defence Minister Bogdan Klich has expressed outrage at an article in The New York Times alleging that “Poland has been the 51st state” of the USA acting as host to a secret CIA prison for terrorists.
“That is unacceptable. The sheer fact that we are in tough negotiations with the Americans regarding the anti-missile defence shield suggests that we are indeed an independent state,” Minister Klich said on Radio ZET, Monday morning.
Do you think Poland is the 51st state of the United States?
How many other “nations” has the USA colonized into add-on states in this neverending “war against terror” — and I wonder if their welfare system and gas prices are any better than what we presently enjoy in the “First 50” Homeland?
Reports of the Bush Administration’s “black” terrorist missions across the world are bubbling up and around too many places to be wholly dismissed as lies or as degradations of the truth.
Are we in for more international revelations of illegal USA activity in the world… allegedly intended to fight terrorism… when the real effect has been one of chilling freedom and melting the cold Rule of Law at home that we try to hold — both cherished and wished-for — against our empty bellies and still barely beating warm hearts?