Summary: There is interesting news about the Davis affair. Little of it appears in the US newspapers; our leaders prefer that we remain ignorant. How sad that the people of Pakistan know more about this story than Americans relying on our news media (see comment #1 for evidence). Updates will go in the comments; the first one is interesting! Links to other posts appear at the end.
- A history of lies
- Government transparency we can only dream of: Pakistan releases key documents
- Pakistan officials comment on the affair Davis
- More interesting news (updated)
We continue to piece together as best we can what happened in the affair Davis. The truth is out there. Please forward this to people who might be interested.
For an excellent summary see “The Raymond Davis Affair“, FB Ali (Brigadier, Pakistan Army, retired), Sic Semper Tyrannis, 19 February 2011.
(1) A history of lies
The years go by and the lies by our government continue. They lie to us about things foreigners (including our enemies) already know, lies designed to deceive us. Perhaps like an abused spouse, we have come to accept as natural our leader’s contempt for us.
“There was absolutely no–N-O–no–deliberate attempt to violate Soviet air space. There never has been. … It is ridiculous to say that we are trying to kid the world about this.”
—- Lincoln White, Press Secretary of the State Department, 6 May 1960 (For more detailed lies see this memo from NASA, dated 5 May 1960)
“As previously announced, it was known that a U-2 plane was missing. As a result of the inquiry ordered by the President it has been established that insofar as the authorities in Washington are concerned there was no authorization for any such flight as described by Mr. Khrushchev. Nevertheless it appears that in endeavoring to obtain information now concealed behind the Iron Curtain a flight over Soviet territory was probably undertaken by an unarmed civilian U-2 plane.”
— Press Release from the State Department, 7 May 1960 — In fact Eisenhower made most of the key decisions about the U-2 flights
“With respect to Mr. Davis, our diplomat in Pakistan, we’ve got a very simple principle here that every country in the world that is party to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations is — has upheld in the past and should uphold in the future, and that is if our diplomats are in another country, then they are not subject to that country’s local prosecution.”
— President Obama’s lies at a press conference on 15 February 2010. Davis may have been a member of the embassy or consular staff, and may have had some form of immunity (see this post for more about these immunities). Davis is certainly not a diplomat.
(2) Government transparency we can only dream of: Pakistan releases key documents