The Washington Post has some additional insight into the wrongful imprisonment of German citizen Khaled Masri. They provide detail which makes one of the government agencies we entrust with the ever-so-important responsibilities of kidnapping, starvation and torture look like a bunch of bumbling fools.
The article confuses me at one point, though. After the CIA learned that they had kidnapped, starved and beaten the wrong guy, there was debate over issuing an apology:
“You couldn’t have the president lying to the German chancellor” should the issue come up, a government official involved in the matter said.
Senior State Department officials decided to approach Interior Minister Schily, who had been a steadfast Bush supporter even when differences over the Iraq war strained ties between the two countries. Ambassador Coats had excellent rapport with Schily.
The CIA argued for minimal disclosure of information. The State Department insisted on a truthful, complete statement. The two agencies quibbled over whether it should include an apology, according to officials.
From the context, it seems the debate was over an apology to the German government, but it could have suggested an apology to Masri. They kidnapped a guy, ripped his clothing off, drugged him, held him without bail and denied him due process. That they wonder if they should apologize indicates the mindsets of those who supposedly protect our freedoms.