Anna Politkovskaya writes from Moscow:
One has to ask why anyone is giving any credence to the purported deposition in the Zacarias Moussaoui trial from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, an "Al Qaeda official and terrorist mastermind" as the Christian Science Monitor characterizes the man. It is not as if he had appeared in court, been cross-examined, his testimony subjected to corroboration. The judge simply allowed the CIA to produce this document that has the world abuzz. Maybe it is true. Maybe it is partially true and embellished (perhaps to make the CIA look better?) Is there really such a person? Was he tortured? Mainstream media has reported that he was "waterboarded."
Politkovskaya lays out where this practice leads. How soon will such methods "blowback" here? Have they already? And what are we going to do about it?