The story reads more like a screenplay than an act of investigative journalism.
Recently, an eye-opening piece by the Washington Post shed light on details of a secret CIA prison in Poland that the U.S used to torture and interrogate terrorists from their wars in the Middle East. Most notable of those interrogated was Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-declared mastermind of the attacks on 9/11. Reports say he was water boarded 183 times at the remote villa turned prison.
Put aside your opinions on water boarding and torture just for a moment. Turns out Poland officials knowingly turned a blind eye to these happenings thanks to a $15 million bribe handed to them by the CIA. Where does that hit on your moral compass?
The piece is so well written that I find it only appropriate to allow its writer, Adam Goldman, to set the almost surreal cinematic scene that turns out to be anything but:
On a cold day in early 2003, two senior CIA officers arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw to pick up a pair of large cardboard boxes. Inside were bundles of cash totaling $15 million that had been flown from Germany via diplomatic pouch.
The men put the boxes in a van and weaved through the Polish capital until coming to the headquarters of Polish intelligence. They were met by Col. Andrzej Derlatka, deputy chief of the intelligence service, and two of his associates.
You can read the rest of the piece here.
What do you make of the U.S and Poland’s actions here? Were they immoral or a necessary evil?