Morell has no place in a Biden-Harris administration. His nomination would send a chilling message to torture survivors and other victims of grave injustice that the United States government, including the Biden administration, does not uphold its own stated principles. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) from the Senate Intelligence Committee has said about Morell: “No torture apologist can be confirmed as CIA director. It’s a nonstarter.” We agree and urge the President-elect not to nominate Morell.
We also oppose Avril Haines, another toture apologist, as Director of National Intelligence. Since she has already been nominated, we ask Senators to oppose her confirmation.
It was painful enough to live through the U.S invasion of Iraq that caused untold devastation and human misery for no justifiable reason.
Now we are again reminded of the grim Bush legacy with President-elect Biden’s nomination of Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence.
Viele US-Amerikaner scheinen abgestumpft, vielleicht sogar verroht, zu sein, dass Gräueltaten sie nicht mehr bewegen. Selbst der schamlos freche Auftritt des früheren Vizepräsidenten im Fernsehen, in dem Dick Cheney belegte, dass er ein Schreibtischtäter ist, der Reue nicht kennt, vermochte nicht mehr für Aufregung zu sorgen. Kein Wunder übrigens: Die Mehrheit der Amerikaner, so sagen Umfragen, findet Folter gar nicht so schlimm.
Das hat die Angst vermocht, die das Land nach den Terroranschlägen vom 11. September 2001 gepackt hat und bis heute in ihrem Griff hält.
(Dec. 10, 2014)
Most of the possible presidential candidates have not plunged into Washington’s debate over the Senate Intelligence Committee’s withering report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s brutal interrogation tactics — and some are ducking questions entirely, illustrating the delicate politics of national security. (…)
For Mrs. Clinton, the challenge is different: She must balance her desire to be seen as tough on national security against pressure from her party’s liberal wing to not only condemn the gruesome tactics but punish those involved.
(December 11, 2014)
„The Panetta Review further describes how detainees provided intelligence prior to the use of torture against them. It describes how the CIA – contrary to its own representations – often tortured detainees before trying any other approach. It describes how the CIA tortured detainees even when less coercive methods were yielding intelligence. The Panetta Review further identifies cases in which the CIA used coercive techniques when it had no basis for determining whether a detainee had critical intelligence at all. In other words, CIA personnel tortured detainees to confirm they didn’t have intelligence – not because they thought they did.“
The Committee makes the following findings and conclusions:
#1: The CIA’s use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees.
#2: The CIA’s justification for the use of its enhanced interrogation techniques rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness.
#3: The interrogations of CIA detainees were brutal and far worse than the CIA represented to policymakers and others. (…)
At least five CIA detainees were subjected to „rectal rehydration“ or rectal feeding without documented medical necessity. The CIA placed detainees in ice water „baths.“ The CIA led several detainees to believe they would never be allowed to leave CIA custody alive, suggesting to one detainee that he would only leave in a coffin-shaped box. One interrogator told another detainee that he would never go to court, because „we can never let the world know what I have done to you.“ CIA officers also threatened at least three detainees with harm to their families— to include threats to harm the children of a detainee, threats to sexually abuse the mother of a detainee, and a threat to „cut [a detainee’s] mother’s throat.“
#4: The conditions of confinement for CIA detainees were harsher than the CIA had represented to policymakers and others.
Conditions at CIA detention sites were poor, and were especially bleak early in the program. CIA detainees at the COBALT detention facility were kept in complete darkness and constantly shackled in isolated cells with loud noise or music and only a bucket to use for human waste.10 Lack of heat at the facility likely contributed to the death of a detainee. The chief of interrogations described COBALT as a „dungeon.“11 Another senior CIA officer stated that COBALT was itself an enhanced interrogation technique.“ At times, the detainees at COBALT were walked around naked or were shackled with their hands above their heads for extended periods of time. Other times, the detainees at COBALT were subjected to what was described as a „rough takedown,“ in which approximately five CIA officers would scream at a detainee, drag him outside of his cell, cut his clothes off, and secure him with Mylar tape. The detainee would then be hooded and dragged up and down a long corridor while being slapped and punched.
(Dec 09, 2014)
The drilldown from Bloomberg:
– CIA provided inaccurate information about effectiveness and scope of interrogations of suspected terrorists, and mismanaged a program that was far more brutal than represented, according to 6-year investigation by Democrats on Senate Intelligence Cmte.
– Interrogation techniques weren’t effective, didn’t produce key information that led to killing of Osama bin Laden and were significantly different from procedures authorized by Justice Dept, report says
– CIA provided inaccurate information to White House, Congress, DOJ, CIA Inspector General, media and the public
– “This document examines the CIA’s secret overseas detention of at least 119 individuals and the use of coercive interrogation techniques – in some cases amounting to torture,” Senate Intelligence Cmte Chairman Dianne Feinstein says in statement
Haines is expected to withstand scrutiny during the Senate confirmation process for her role in the drone program, as well as her approval of a CIA review board decision in 2015 not to discipline agency personnel for intruding in computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee when it was investigating the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program. Haines was also part of the team that redacted the committee’s report on the program.
(13.3.2018) Not only should she be a NO vote on Trump’s pick to lead the CIA, she should also be a leading voice rallying all Democrats against this nomination.
I would vote NO on confirming Gina Haspel if elected to represent California in the U.S. Senate. Following orders is a poor excuse to commit torture and tear at the fabric of our great democracy.
(10.12.2014) Viele Passagen in dem Folterbericht zur CIA sind geschwärzt – doch was man lesen kann, ist entsetzlich genug: Gefangenen wurden Schläuche zur Zwangsentleerung eingeführt, sie wurden in Eiswasser gesteckt, anal penetriert. SPIEGEL ONLINE zeigt Auszüge aus dem Dokument.
Als Boss des Geheimdienstausschusses des Senats rückt Burr wieder ins Rampenlicht bei den aktuellen „Anhörungen“ über Kontakte zu Russland und der Beeinflussung der Präsidentschaftswahl vergangenen Jahres durch den Kreml sowie andere plötzlich auftauchende Verfehlungen diverser nominierter Kandidaten der Trump-Regierung.
Credit where credit is due: Trump has done more to preserve the full CIA Torture Report than Obama ever did.
(10.2.2017) The Trump administration said on Friday it delivered to a federal court vault in Washington, D.C., a Justice Department copy of the so-called Senate Torture Report on the CIA’s secret prison network during the George W. Bush administration.
The Obama administration had balked at turning over a copy to any court.
(10.12.2014) Viele Passagen in dem Folterbericht zur CIA sind geschwärzt – doch was man lesen kann, ist entsetzlich genug: Gefangenen wurden Schläuche zur Zwangsentleerung eingeführt, sie wurden in Eiswasser gesteckt, anal penetriert. SPIEGEL ONLINE zeigt Auszüge aus dem Dokument.
(12.12.2014) Zahlreiche Passagen im Bericht über die Foltermethoden der CIA sind geschwärzt. Nun gab die britische Regierung zu, dass einige Stellen auf ihren Wunsch hin unkenntlich gemacht wurden. Britische Agenten wussten anscheinend von den brutalen Verhören.
(8.8.2014) If the CIA spends half as much energy finding terrorists as it has spent fighting Congress, we should feel very safe.
The Obama administration has responded to calls to declassify the full CIA Torture Report with a „will this do?“ promise to lock up one copy in the presidential archives. While this ensures one copy of the full report will survive the next presidency, it doesn’t make it any more likely the public will ever see more than the Executive Summary released in 2014.
Other copies may still be scattered around the federal government, many of them in an unread state. The Department of Defense can’t even say for sure whether its copy is intact.
(10.1.2016) A military judge ordered the Department of Defense on Tuesday to preserve its copy of the CIA “Torture Report,” but left undecided whether attorneys for the men accused of orchestrating the 9/11 terror attacks will be allowed to read it.
Even if the White House won’t declassify the full CIA Torture Report, at least we know one copy will be locked up in President Obama’s archives for 12 years. That prevents Senator Burr and others from making the report disappear completely.
The White House copy isn’t the only copy of the report, but at least we know where that one is. Other agencies have copies. Or had them. But they haven’t read them. The CIA destroyed its copy of the report — the sort of „accident“ that often befalls damning reports in the hands of the agency targeted by them.
The full report, approaching 7,000 pages and costing $40 million to prepare, apparently details all sorts of wrongdoing by the CIA in torturing people in the Middle East. It’s a comprehensive look into not just the horrific program by the CIA, but its failure to produce anything useful and the details of how the CIA lied about it. And here’s the problem: Feinstein’s colleague on the Senate Intelligence Committee, the current chair, Senator Richard Burr, wants the report destroyed.
So far, very little has been done with the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,700-page „Torture Report.“ Some agencies haven’t even read it (and have blocked others from doing so). Others have been completely careless in the handling of their copies. Most of the federal government — especially the White House — just seems to want it to go away.
Dianne Feinstein, who helped keep the full document from being made public (costing requesters like Jason Leopold thousands in legal fees), now wants the report declassified.
Ron Wyden is worried the report could be destroyed under the Trump administration if it’s not made a federal record.
Could President Obama actually declassify and release the full 6,800 page report on the massive failures of the CIA’s torture program from a decade ago? While it seems unlikely, Senator Dianne Feinstein is urging the President to release the document, fearing that the massive report may disappear into the memory hole soon.
(2015) Desweiteren müssen die Beteiligungen der Geheimdienste der europäischen und anderer Staaten untersucht werden. Dass die Regierung in Berlin nicht die Veröffentlichung fordert und als zu gefährlich für die nationale Sicherheit erklärt spricht Bände. Auch das ist eine Aussage, die keine Fragen aufwirft sondern eine unausgesprochene aber klare eindeutige Antwort ist.
(16.1.15) Welche Zeitung, welcher Politiker hat seit Beginn des neuen Jahres nachgehakt um eine Beteiligung einer Gruppe deutscher Mitwisser zu untersuchen und eine Anklage zu erheben?
Was ist das für eine heuchlerische Vereinigung in Berlin, die ihre Informationen angeblich aus der Zeitung bezieht und sich nur darauf in blossen Lippenbekenntnissen beruft, wenn es ihr ins politische Kalkül passt?
The Guardian published a story Friday on Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) investigator Dan Jones and his quest to get to the bottom of the CIA’s torture program. Jones’ hard work resulted in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture. The article provides great insight into the day-to-day machinations between the SSCI and the CIA, although no new details on the torture program per se.
The groups demand a meeting with the archivist to discuss NARA’s approach to preserving CIA records.
A spokeswoman from the National Archives acknowledged receiving the letter and said the agency is reviewing it.
„We cannot comment further because this issue concerns a matter that is in ongoing litigation,“ Miriam Kleiman said in an email.
Some of the other letter signatories include the Center for Constitutional Rights, Center for Victims of Torture, Demand Progress, Federation of American Scientists, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, National Security Archive, PEN America, Physicians for Human Rights, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, Society of Professional Journalists and the Sunlight Foundation.
„Der Folterbericht des US-Senats wurde vor einem Jahr veröffentlicht und die Obama-Regierung hat immer noch keine neuen, strafrechtlichen Ermittlungen eingeleitet“, kritisiert Kenneth Roth, Executive Director von Human Rights Watch. „Ohne solche Untersuchungen bleibt Folter eine politische Option. Das würde Obamas Vermächtnis für immer vergiften.”
Der im vergangenen Jahr veröffentlichte CIA-Folterbericht hat nun juristische Konsequenzen. Eine deutsche Menschenrechtsgruppe erstattete nun Anzeige gegen die hochrangige CIA-Mitarbeiterin Alfreda Frances Bikowsky, die den Spitznamen „Königin der Folter“ trägt. Die CIA-Beamtin hat Foltermethoden wie etwa Waterboarding gegen verdächtige Personen angeordnet und nahm angeblich auch selbst an verschiedenen Formen der Folter teil. RT sprach mit Andreas Schuller vom European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights über den Fall.
(18.Februar 2015) Das ist selbst aus dem Mund einer Oppositionsabgeordneten eine ungewöhnlich harsche Klage. Um was geht es da?
Prosecutors investigating the use of Scottish airports by the CIA for rendition flights have called for an unredacted copy of the US Senate’s CIA torture report, it has emerged.
The prosecutors have confirmed that investigations of airports in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Prestwick and Aberdeen are under way, British anti-torture charity Reprieve revealed on Sunday.
Offensichtlich herrscht die internationale stillschweigende Übereinkunft, den Folterbericht der C.I.A. zu ignorieren. Aber es gibt noch ein Tribunal in Den Haag, mit dem zu rechnen ist.
Es ist ja nicht so, dass sie die Sachzwänge und Nöte nicht kennen würde, denen Regierende oft ausgesetzt sind. Die Grünen-Politikerin war selbst Bundesministerin. Aber in diesem Fall findet sie die Zurückhaltung der Regierung einfach skandalös.
For starters, we need the full report released, along with the CIA’s own negative internal assessment of its torture program, the so-called Panetta Review. Moreover, Burr must seek a complete accounting of all detainees who were rendered and tortured, not just those in official CIA “black sites.”
Als nächstes muss jetzt die komplette Veröffentlichung des Folterberichts erreicht werden um die an der Folter direkt Beteiligten, ihre Helfershelfer und besonders die Auftraggeber zu verurteilen.
I don’t care who you are (even, say… the government), but if you’re going to tell two different versions of a story, it helps to not have both in print and publicly available.
Trevor Timm of the Freedom of the Press Foundation caught the DOJ spinning two different yarns for two different entities about its familiarity with the CIA Torture Report.
(10.12.2014) If all this were just history that would be bad enough. But war rages in Iraq and Syria, there is a new Cold War in eastern Europe, and the same people who urged intervention a decade or more ago are now filling the airwaves with justifications for torture and rendition.
Dianne Feinstein has claimed that torture does not reflect US values. Perhaps the really shocking thing is that it does.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who now leads the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made an unprecedented request to President Barack Obama earlier this month. He asked that the executive branch agencies transfer their copies of the SSCI’s full report on the CIA’s torture program back to the Senate.
Die Bundesregierung hat das natürlich abgeblockt. Das geziemt sich ja auch nicht seinem Herrchen gegenüber!
Die Polizei von Schottland verlangt von den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika die sofortige Übergabe des vollständigen Berichts des Untersuchungsausschusses des U.S.-Senats über die Foltermethoden der C.I.A.
Der Generalstaatsanwalt Schottlands, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland, bestätigte die Forderung der Polizeibehörde nach der unzensierten Version des C.I.A.-Folterberichts.
Since the secret report is already in the Congressional Record, Gravel says: “What he has to do is … take this record of 6,000 pages, put a press release describing why he’s doing it, and release it to the public. It’s that simple.”
Senator Udall, history is watching you.
There is a Kindle version that costs $2.99, and despite the report being available as a PDF (which can be viewed on Kindle), the fee-based version of the torture report is the number one seller in the „intelligence & espionage“ section (beating out James Risen’s recent book Pay Any Price). And this is happening despite the fact that people on Amazon are warning people not to buy the fee-based Kindle version, posting comments to tell them it’s just a PDF that’s available for free.
In Rumänien gab es mindestens ein CIA-Gefängnis – das steht im US-Folterbericht. Politiker des Landes haben das stets bestritten. Nun spricht der ehemalige rumänische Spionagechef über ein „Transitlager“ des US-Geheimdienstes.
(11. Dezember) However, despite the risk, Udall did reveal some very important classified information anyway. And for inexplicable reasons, nobody seems to have noticed.
The Panetta Review is the internal CIA report, analyzing the same information that the Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI) staff analyzed for the torture report, and came to the same basic conclusions about the CIA’s torture practices, its lying to Congress and other bad activities. But here’s the interesting bit: the CIA never intended anyone to see the Panetta Review.
„Die Zusammenfassung wird durch den 6700 Seiten langen, als geheim eingestuften Bericht gestützt, mit 38.000 Fußnoten. Jedes dort berichtete Faktum basiert auf CIA-Akten, Depeschen und so weiter.“
Zahlreiche Passagen im Bericht über die Foltermethoden der CIA sind geschwärzt. Nun gab die britische Regierung zu, dass einige Stellen auf ihren Wunsch hin unkenntlich gemacht wurden. Britische Agenten wussten anscheinend von den brutalen Verhören.
The Senate began investigating the CIA’s detainee program nearly six years ago. It completed a draft of its report two years ago. Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee has finally released the report’s blistering executive summary. (The full report remains classified.) What took so long? It’s a tale of White House indecisiveness, Republican opposition, and CIA snooping.
“Look at the polling, and elected Republicans pretty much reflect where their constituents are: largely supportive of the C.I.A. program with little interest in the details, a small minority opposed as a matter of principle, but no one shedding any tears for the terrorists who got roughed up,” said Michael Goldfarb, a neoconservative strategist.
Darin heißt es, Bush sei erst 2006 – vier Jahre nach dem Start des Programms – über Einzelheiten der Foltermethoden informiert worden, und er habe sein „Unwohlsein“ darüber zum Ausdruck gebracht.
Cheney zufolge sei der damalige Präsident „ein integraler Teil des Programms“ gewesen und hätte ihm zustimmen müssen. Wörtlich sagte er: „Wir diskutierten die Techniken. Es gab von unserer Seite keine Anstrengungen, ihn da rauszuhalten.“
das meiste was im 9/11 Commission Report steht und die offizielle Darstellung der Ereignisse vom 11. September sein soll, beruht auf Aussagen von Menschen die gefoltert wurden. Mindestens vier der Personen dessen „Geständnisse“ im 9/11 Bericht als „Beweis“ aufgeführt sind haben später ausgesagt, sie haben ihren Peinigern alles erzählt was sie hören wollten und alles zugegeben was ihnen vorgeworfen wurde, nur damit die schmerzhafte Folter aufhörte.
Prepare to have your imaginations beggared! Here’s Michael Hayden’s relentless lies, told over an expanded period of time, about a program that wasn’t doing any good, as documented in the Senate Committee’s report.
In what we are confident everyone will find to be absolutely shocking news, moments ago the Senate Torture report was released. The key finding, hold on to your hats, is that the CIA „misled“ Congress. As for the timing of the release, which takes place at the same time as Jonathan Gruber (Ph.D) is being grilled in the House, it is hardly a coincidence that Obama does everything in his power to deflect attention to what took place under the Bush administration, commenting that „torture techniques did significant damage to America’s standing” in the world. So what did the droning of thousands of innocent civilians do to the same „standing“?
Dianne Feinstein: CIA torture ‚far more brutal than people were led to believe‘ – live
Senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday
Feinstein: CIA paid 2 contractors $80m to torture
Die Kritiker glauben, dadurch würde die USA einem großen Risiko ausgesetzt werden. Senator Mike Rogers, ein Republikaner, sagt : „Ich denke, das ist eine schreckliche Idee. Die Staatschefs anderer Nationen und unsere eigenen Experten haben uns gesagt: Wenn ihr das macht, wird das zu Gewalt und Tod führen.“
MU: What happened broke faith in the Constitution. It’s made our challenge much greater when it comes to facing the threat of Islamic fundamentalism. And it is morally repugnant. When this report is declassified, people will abhor what they read. They’re gonna be disgusted. They’re gonna be appalled. They’re gonna be shocked at what we did. But it will lay a foundation whereby we don’t do this in the future. That’s been my goal. That’s been my mission.
„This report must see the light of day before Congress adjourns this year,“ said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. „And if the Executive Branch isn’t willing to cooperate the Senate should be willing to act unilaterally to ensure that happens.”
U.S.-Aussenminister John Kerry ersucht den U.S.-Senatsausschuss um Nichtveröffentlichung des geheimen Folterberichts der C.I.A.
We reported earlier this month that the CIA was trying to get increased authority to destroy agency email records, claiming anything important in an email would be duplicated elsewhere in agency files. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) took the CIA at their word, and granted tentative approval.
Civil liberties and human rights groups (including the Defending Dissent Foundation) protested, reminding NARA of the CIA’s history of destroying important documents. Seventeen groups called on NARA not to approve the CIA request without further review and independent verification that the emails the CIA wants to destroy are indeed duplicative.
Now, that call is being echoed by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI). Senators Wyden (D-OR), Udall (D-CO) and Heinrich (D-NM)
On Tuesday evening, Senator Dianne Feinstein had told reporters that the Senate Intelligence Committee and the White House were finally close to an agreement to finalize the release of the declassified executive summary of the CIA torture report. As we’ve been discussing for months, back in April the Senate Intelligence Committee agreed to declassify the 480-page executive summary of the 6,300-page report (which cost $40 million to put together). As we’d noted, the CIA and White House first offered up redactions that made the whole thing „incomprehensible“ according to some in the Senate.
Of course, it also notes that the fight over redacting pseudonyms still isn’t settled, and that may muck things up. And, really, why wouldn’t the CIA keep pushing back? Now that the GOP has won the Senate, it knows that if it can just stall until January, the whole report may get buried.
After losing to Republican challenger Cory Gardner, there may be one silver lining for Colorado Sen. Mark Udall: He can finally tell the public what the CIA has done. Udall is a member of the Senate’s intelligence committee, where he is one of a small group to support greater transparency and civil liberties protections in the face of CIA and NSA overreach.
The Central Intelligence Agency’s call to black out all pseudonyms from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture would be unprecedented – and represents an unacceptable effort to obscure key facts, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said today.
“This report is about mistakes, misdeeds and falsehoods that were repeated over a period of years. If you don’t know whether they were repeated by different officials each time, or by the same officials over and over, you really don’t know the full story,” Wyden said. “A lot of officials are intent on burying the full story, but getting the truth out is the only way to keep all of this from happening again.”
October 21, 2014 Russia Today News
“I was summoned down to a meeting in the Situation Room, where I was told I would have to ‘explain’ this deal to Rahm… It did not take long to get ugly,” Panetta wrote in ‚Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leaders in War and Peace.‘
“’The president wants to know who the f**k authorized this release to the committees,’” Rahm said, slamming his hand down on the table. ‘I have a president with his hair on fire, and I want to know what the f**k you did to f**k this up so bad!’”
We’ve been waiting quite some time for the government to finally get around to releasing parts of the $40 million 6,300 page CIA torture report, which will detail how the CIA committed torture, lied about it, and how that torture did nothing even remotely effective. As you may recall, the Senate Intelligence Committee, which wrote the report, voted back in April to declassify the 480-page „executive summary“ which was written to be declassified. That is, the really secret stuff is buried in the other 6,000 pages or so. Given that, the expectation was that the exec summary would need minimal redactions. Of course, the White House asked the CIA to handle the redactions, and considering that the report makes the CIA look bad, the CIA suddenly became quite infatuated with that black redaction ink.
Ten survivors write open letter to president and say disclosure of report is ‘necessary part of correcting America’s own history’
We’ve been covering the pending release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report, which is currently undergoing a fight over what should or should not be redacted. We also covered the NY Times report about how former CIA boss George Tenet (who helped mentor current CIA boss John Brennan) is both implicated by the report… and has been leading the campaign to discredit the report.
Notably, two retired Air Force psychologists, Dr. Bruce Jessen and Dr. James Mitchell, who have been credited with being the architects of the CIA’s so-called „enhanced interrogation techniques,“ have their names redacted in the 480-page executive summary of the report, according to current and former US officials knowledgeable about the contents of the document.
When the executive summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s (SSCI) report on the CIA’s torture program is finally released, it is likely to discredit a story that defenders of “enhanced interrogation” have been telling for years. The narrative first appeared in the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memos that authorized the CIA program. President Bush repeated it in his September 2006 speech acknowledging the existence of CIA prisons, and in 2008 when he vetoed a bill outlawing waterboarding. Slightly different versions appear in Bush’s memoirs, and defenses of the CIA program by George Tenet, Michael Hayden, Michael Mukasey, Jose Rodriguez, John Yoo, Dick Cheney, and others.
The narrative goes something like this: torture is un-American, but the CIA program was not torture.
And, yet, the memo is being passed around and used by the supporters of the surveillance state to protest the releasing of any details from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report:
Washington — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California’s senior senator and a longtime hawk on national defense, is leading an epic constitutional struggle against unlikely foes: the CIA and fellow Democrat President Obama. So far, she’s winning.
If the CIA spends half as much energy finding terrorists as it has spent fighting Congress, we should feel very safe.
As the fight over the redactions on the CIA torture report continue, it’s worth reminding folks how you can totally change the story with just a few well placed redactions. Director of National Intelligence has insisted that just 15% was redacted — though, as Marcy Wheeler points out, the part that’s being declassified is just the exec summary, which was written specifically to get around the redactor’s ink, since the details are buried in the full report, which will likely remain classified for a while. In other words, the vast, vast majority of the report is still „redacted.“ Still, even a 15% redaction can do a lot of damage and hide a lot of facts. Senator Mark Udall has made it clear that the existing redactions make parts of the report „incomprehensible“ in an effort to hide embarrassing information from the public.
Unless, of course, you think spies redacting 6,300 pages of their own sins is transparency. Look how much leaks told us this week
On Friday, we wrote about Senator Dianne Feinstein’s concern about how much of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA torture program had been redacted during the declassification process. In response, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has angrily shot back that there were only „minimal“ redactions:
On Friday, we wrote briefly about President Obama’s „admission“ that „we tortured some folks.“ At the time I was going off of the press reports of the conference, but now that I’ve read the full transcript of his statement, it’s much worse than just that brief comment. Here’s the relevant portion:
We’ve been joking the last few weeks about how everyone was waiting for the White House to dump buckets of black ink on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report. As we’d noted, for reasons that still don’t make any sense, the CIA was given first crack at redacting the 480 page declassified executive summary of the 6,300 page, $40 million Senate Intelligence report into the CIA’s torture program. Once the CIA was done with it, it was handed over to the White House to exhaust reserve stores of black ink.
And that appears to be exactly what happened. Late Friday, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that the White House had returned the executive summary, but she’s a bit overwhelmed by all the black ink and is holding off releasing the document until her staff can look into why there were so many redactions:
The OIG investigation determined essentially as
Agency Access to Files on the SSCI RDINet: Five Agency employees, two attorneys and three information technology (IT) staff members, improperly accessed or caused access to the SSCI Majority staff shared drives on the RDINet.
Agency Crimes Report on Alleged Misconduct by SSCI Staff: The Agency filed a crimes report with the DOJ, as required by Executive Order 12333 and the 1995 Crimes Reporting Memorandum between the DOJ and the Intelligence Community, reporting that SSCI staff members may have improperly accessed Agency information on the RDINet. (…)
Office of Security Review of SSCI Staff Activity: Subsequent to directive by the D/CIA to halt the Agency review of SSCI staff access to the RDINet, and unaware of the D/CIA’s direction, the Office of Security conducted a limited investigation of SSCI activities on the RDINet. That effort included a keyword search of all and a review of some of the emails of SSCI Majority staff members on the RDINet system.
(31. Juli) The revelation comes from the Senate’s still-unreleased report scrutinizing the United States’ post-9/11 interrogation techniques, and first came to the public’s attention Wednesday when the White House unintentionally emailed a document detailing the findings to an Associated Press reporter.
We continue to wait and wait for the White House to finish pouring black ink all over the Senate’s torture report, before releasing the (heavily redacted) 480-page executive summary that the Senate agreed to declassify months ago. However, every few weeks it seems that more details from the report leak out to the press anyway. The latest is that officials at the State Department were well aware of the ongoing CIA torture efforts, but were instructed not to tell their superiors, such that it’s likely that the top officials, including Secretary of State Colin Powell, may have been kept in the dark, while others at the State Department knew of the (highly questionable) CIA actions.
Here’s a surprise. An internal investigation by the CIA has determined — just as Senator Dianne Feinstein charged — that the CIA illegally hacked into the network of Senate Intelligence Committee staffers in order to spy on what they were doing with regards to a report on the CIA’s torture program. They did this despite an earlier instance of a similar problem after which the CIA promised it would not touch the Senate Intelligence Committee network any more.
In close collaboration with the Central Intelligence Agency, President Obama has granted the masterminds of the Bush administration’s torture programs access to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture in advance of the report’s expected August publication. The report includes material gathered from the agency’s “Internal Panetta Review.”
The move is the most recent in a series of steps taken by the Obama administration to protect those responsible for establishing and operating an unconstitutional network of secret dungeons and torture chambers around the world.
The White House in the next few days is expected to declassify the long-awaited summary of a US Senate committee study of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) programme that used „enhanced interrogations“ and secret prisons to extract information from captured militants, several officials familiar with the matter said.
About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement.
Then, on Friday, many were told they would not be able to see it after all.
Some of them were furious, while Democratic Senate aides were angry that they were given the chance in the first place.
Apparently Tenet and others demanded early access to the report, and eventually Dianne Feinstein, the White House and those former CIA officials negotiated a deal letting them read the report over in James Clapper’s offices. The NY Times report also details how Brennan is basically a Tenet lackey whose rise through the ranks occurred under Tenet — making it more likely that Brennan wants to protect the reputation of his former boss.
(11. März 2014) Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein’s speech about the committee’s study on the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program. LOOK what the CIA did to this guy! SEE „No Justice for CIA Torture Victim El-Masri“
As you may recall, back in April, the Senate finally voted to declassify parts of the executive summary of its $40 million, 6,300-page report on the disastrous CIA torture program. Of course, as part of that, the White House said it would let the CIA take a first crack at figuring out what to redact, with the expected answer being „a whole hell of a lot.“
One way or another, transparency will be achieved. The summary of the Senate report will be released, hopefully with few redactions. By June 20, in our lawsuit seeking the release of CIA torture reports, the agency has to provide a specific timeline for declassification. In the meantime, Judge Pohl will soon decide whether to reject the government’s request to reconsider his decision. The government won’t be able to keep its torture secrets forever.
POLICE investigating the use of Scottish airports for CIA torture flights “must have access” to a new US Senate intelligence report on the spy agency’s secret rendition programme, justice campaigners warned yesterday.(…)
The Lord Advocate last year asked police to investigate the use of Scottish airports by the CIA for its programme of “renditions” — in which terror suspects are kidnapped and flown to another country in order to torture them with impunity.
Sure, the Senate voted to declassify parts of its $40 million, 6,300-page report on the disastrous CIA torture program — and the White House said that it’ll let the CIA handle the declassification. We knew that it would take some time to do the declassification, and expect that „some time“ to turn into „a very, very long time.“
The Senate’s high-profile summary of a 6,600-page CIA torture report was supposed to be released by now, at least in a redacted form. It hasn’t been, and no one in the Senate seems sure why.
Every few days, more details leak from the Senate’s $40 million, 6,300 page report on the CIA’s torture program. We’d already heard about how the torture program turned up no useful info and how the CIA lied to Congress about it (pretending information gleaned from other places was obtained via torture, when the truth was it wasn’t). We’ve also heard about how the CIA’s torture practices went beyond the (already too high) levels approved by the DOJ and CIA leadership. The folks over at McClatchy have another batch of details, repeating the revelation from last week that the report details how the torture program went beyond its „legal authority“ and also detailing how it was used on many more people than the CIA has admitted to in the past:
Senator Dianne Feinstein has finally responded to former CIA and NSA boss Michael Hayden’s misogynistic and ridiculous claims that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,300 page, $40 million research report into the CIA torture program (run, in part, while Hayden was boss) was motivated by her „emotions“ rather than by an objective position. Hayden has also called out the staffers working on the report as sissies (though he’ll claim he was just saying the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s acronym — SSCI). She brushes off the whole „emotional“ claim by noting quickly that’s Hayden being „stereotypical“ and „incorrect“ and saying such a thing is „an old male fallback position.“
However, as Marcy Wheeler points out, rather than spending her time addressing silly ad hominem attacks, Feinstein scores a lot more points in basically pointing out that the real motivation for the report was Hayden’s own lies to Congress:
„Having prohibited these practices upon taking office, the President believes that bringing this program into the light will help the American people understand what happened in the past and can help guide us as we move forward, so that no Administration contemplates such a program in the future.“
On Fox News over the weekend, Chris Wallace asked Hayden about the report, and Hayden pretty explicitly tossed out the ridiculous misogynistic argument that Feinstein was, effectively, too emotional to judge whether the report should be released.
Former British PM Tony Blair was fully informed “every step of the way” about details of the CIA’s secret interrogation program, developed in the wake of the September 11 attacks, and “knew about everything” including torture, states a new report.
Am 16.April 2013 wird von einer unabhängigen U.S.-Expertenkommission ein Untersuchungsbericht zu den illegalen Verhörmethoden und Folter in den U.S.-Gefängnissen und geheimen Lagern der C.I.A. in Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib im Irak, in Afghanistan und in Osteuropa veröffentlicht.
Auf fast 600 Seiten werden die Praktiken der C.I.A. und ihrer beteiligten Helfer beschrieben. Das Dokument wurde unter der Leitung von zwei ehemaligen Mitgliedern des Kongresses und der Bürgerrechtsgruppe The Constitution Project durch Interviews und ohne Zugang zu Verschlusssachen erstellt.
While the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify its $40 million, 6,300 page report detailing the CIA’s torture regime — including the facts that it went beyond what was authorized, produced no useful intelligence and then the CIA lied about it all — three members of the Committee voted against it. Senators James Risch, Dan Coats (though, who knows if he had any idea what he was voting on) and Marco Rubio all voted against declassifying, with Risch and Rubio putting out a statement claiming that the State Department didn’t want the report declassified.
einstein (D-Calif.) wanted a report so tough that it would “ensure that an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted,” as she put it. Feinstein’s campaign has advanced that goal, and for this the country should be grateful. (..)
These details — recounting filthy conditions and vicious interrogation techniques — will shock the conscience in the same way that the Abu Ghraib and waterboarding revelations did.
Die „beunruhigendsten“ Teile des Berichts widmeten sich dem Unterschied zwischen den internen Berichten von CIA-Mitarbeitern und dem, was der Geheimdienst dem Parlament mitgeteilt habe, schreibt die Washington Post. Sprich: Die CIA hat gelogen, bis sich die Balken bogen.
Yup, you guessed it: The CIA itself gets to choose which parts of the report remain secret.
Of course, the „fight“ is not over yet. There will certainly be a fight over how the declassification is handled and the public won’t see the report for many, many months. Senator Mark Udall, who has been a big critic of the intelligence community for a while, has asked that the CIA not handle the declassification itself, knowing that it will over-classify
A still-classified Senate Intelligence Committee report contains damning information on both the extent of US torture methods and the lies of top CIA officials about these programs, according to information in a Washington Post article on Monday.
Every week there are rumors that Senator Dianne Feinstein is on the verge of really pushing to declassify the report, but it never seems to happen.
Mike German is with us, fellow at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice. From 1988 to 2004, he served as an FBI agent specializing in domestic counterterrorism. He left after reporting deficiencies in the FBI’s counterterrorism operations to Congress. His recent piece in The Guardian is „The NSA Won’t Shut Up About Snowden, But What About the Spy Who Stole More?“
“Penny Lane” was actually revealed in a report from the Associated Press in November of last year. It ended in 2006. Senator Bob Casey said the program had “a degree of recklessness to it that I would be very concerned about.” So it is not like this was some permissible program that was not questionable at all.
Earlier this week, we pointed out that many in the press had fallen for CIA Director John Brennan’s „non-denial denial“ over Senator Dianne Feinstein’s accusations that the CIA had improperly searched the network over Senate Intelligence Committee staffers who were researching the CIA’s torture program. Even more incredibly, later that same day, Brennan released the letter he had written Feinstein back in January, which actually confirms basically everything she said.
So why is it that reporters at places like Reuters are still claiming the following:
CIA director John Brennan has become an embarrassment to President Barack Obama and should resign immediately. Brennan has clearly worn out his welcome with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), and recent history tells us that when a CIA director is found in the crosshairs of the committee it is time to go. In the 1980s, CIA director William Casey was found to be lying to the committee on Iran-Contra, and even such Republican members of the committee as Senator Barry Goldwater wanted his resignation. In the 1990s, CIA director Jim Woolsey angered SSCI chairman Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ) and other key members of the committee, and the Clinton administration persuaded Woolsey to resign. Brennan’s resignation would allow the Obama administration to release a sanitized version of the SSCI’s report on CIA detention and rendition policy and thus avoid a prolonged battle with the Congress over this issue.
You would think that other Senators would line up behind Senator Feinstein’s anger over the CIA directly spying on Senate Intelligence Committee staffers who were compiling a detailed report into the CIA’s use of torture.
But, they’re not. This first became clear when the top two Republicans on the Committee more or less spoke out against Feinstein:
Yesterday, after Dianne Feinstein went public with the details of the CIA spying on Senate Intelligence Committee staffers who were compiling a supposedly „devastating“ report on the CIA’s torture program, CIA Director John Brennan (who has been fighting hard against the release of the report) gave a non-denial denial. Later, he sent an „unclassified“ memo to all CIA staffers which is being reported as an attempt to boost morale within the Agency.
Earlier today, we wrote about Senator Dianne Feinstein’s justified anger over the CIA „spying“ on the Senate Intelligence Committee staffers as they went about putting together a massive (and apparently incredibly damning) report condemning the CIA’s torture program. Having now watched the whole video of her speech, as well as read the transcript, there’s a lot more here to discuss.
Earlier this week, we wrote about the accusations that the CIA was spying on Senate staffers on the Senate Intelligence Committee as they were working on a massive $40 million 6,300 pages report condemning the CIA’s torture program. The DOJ is apparently already investigating if the CIA violated computer hacking laws in spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee computers. The issue revolved around a draft of an internal review by the CIA, which apparently corroborates many of the Senate report’s findings — but which the CIA did not hand over to the Senate. This internal report not only support’s the Senate report’s findings, but also shows that the CIA has been lying in response to questions about the terror program.
(06.01.) Mark Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, pressed the White House today for a full and transparent accounting of the CIA’s brutal and misguided detention and interrogation program. In a letter to President Obama, Udall pressed the White House to help provide the Senate Intelligence Committee with important documents needed to complete its landmark study of the CIA’s program and to commit to declassifying as much of the report as possible. The letter follows up on identical requests Udall made at the December confirmation hearing of Caroline Krass, nominated to serve as CIA General Counsel.
Earlier today we covered reports of the CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee as it tried to prevent the committee from releasing a supposedly „devastating“ report about the CIA’s torture program. That was based on a NY Times article. It appears that reporters at McClatchy were digging into the same issue and rushed out their version, which includes more details, including the fact that the CIA’s inspector general has already asked the DOJ to investigate the situation.
While at times, it’s appeared that the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Dianne Feinstein, serves more to prop up the intelligence community than to handle oversight, it has actually clashed quite a bit with the CIA. We’ve discussed a few times how the Committee has been pushing to release a supposedly devastating 6,000 page report about the CIA’s torture program, which cost taxpayers an equally astounding $40 million to produce. However, the CIA has been fighting hard to block the release of the report, arguing that it misrepresents the CIA’s actions.
However, things are getting even more bizarre, as the NY Times is reporting that the CIA is now accused of spying on the Intelligence Committee and its staffers in its attempt to keep that report from being released.
Back in October, we wrote about how the Senate Intelligence committee was sitting on an apparently devastating report about the CIA’s torture program. The report apparently cost an astounding $40 million to put together (I still have trouble understanding how this is even possible…), but the CIA was fighting against ever having it released, arguing that it was inaccurate and painted them in an unfairly bad light. The report is so devastating that even Senator Dianne Feinstein, long seen as the intelligence community’s leading apologist, has been at the forefront of arguing for its release.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We turn now to a new report that says medical professionals working under U.S. military orders have been complicit in the abuse of terrorism suspects. An independent panel found that U.S. military doctors have violated medical ethics by enabling the torture of prisoners in the so-called war on terror.
(22.06.2007) On Wednesday, dozens of psychologists made public a joint letter to American Psychological Association president Sharon Brehm fingering another CIA-employed psychologist, R. Scott Shumate. Previous news reports led the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association to ban their members from participating in interrogations, but the issue has remained divisive within the American Psychological Association, which has not forbidden the practice. „We write you as psychologists concerned about the participation of our profession in abusive interrogations of national security detainees at Guantanamo, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and at the so-called CIA ‚black sites,'“ the psychologists wrote.
The medical personnel involved — physicians, psychiatrists and psychologists who work in military branches or for U.S. intelligence agencies — allowed “cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of prisoners while acting at the direction of military leaders under both the Bush and Obama administrations, reports a 19-member independent task force of doctors, lawyers and ethics experts.
Last night, along with the bill reopening the government, the Senate confirmed Stephen W. Preston, the top lawyer at the C.I.A., to move to the Pentagon to serve in the same role there. The vote slipped by unnoticed by most, but on close inspection, it revealed previously unreleased documents that lift the lid on an unusual standoff between Congress and the Obama Administration’s C.I.A. At its core is a bitter disagreement over an apparently devastating, and still secret, report by the Senate Intelligence Committee documenting in detail how the C.I.A.’s brutalization of terror suspects during the Bush years was unnecessary, ineffective, and deceptively sold to Congress, the White House, the Justice Department, and the public.
So much attention concerning the intelligence community lately has been focused on the NSA. There has been a bit of looking at the FBI as well, but for the most part the CIA has been left untouched — even though when the Washington Post released details of the US’s black budget (thanks to Ed Snowden), it surprised many people to discover that the CIA still has a significantly larger budget than the NSA.
Der Report The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment