SchwartzReport: 20 Key Findings on CIA Torture — Should President Fire DNI, USDI, and D/CIA?

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

20 key findings about CIA interrogations

Almost 13 years after the CIA established secret prisons to hold and interrogate detainees, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA’s programs listing 20 key findings. Click a statement below for a summary of the findings:

1 “not an effective means of acquiring intelligence” 2 “rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness”  3 “brutal and far worse than the CIA represented”  4 “conditions of confinement for CIA detainees were harsher”  5 “repeatedly provided inaccurate information”  6 “actively avoided or impeded congressional oversight”  7 “impeded effective White House oversight”  8 “complicated, and in some cases impeded, the national security missions”  9 “impeded oversight by the CIA’s Office of Inspector General”  10 “coordinated the release of classified information to the media”  11 “unprepared as it began operating”  12 “deeply flawed throughout the program’s duration”  13 “overwhelmingly outsourced operations”  14 “coercive interrogation techniques that had not been approved”  15 “did not conduct a comprehensive or accurate accounting of the number of individuals it detained”  16 “failed to adequately evaluate the effectiveness”  17 “rarely reprimanded or held personnel accountable”  18 “ignored numerous internal critiques, criticisms, and objections”  19 “inherently unsustainable”  20 “damaged the United States’ standing in the world”

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Dec 11

Mel Goodman: CIA Directors’ High Crimes

Melvin A. Goodman

Melvin A. Goodman

The CIA’s Operation Deception

A Spurious Challenge to the Senate Torture Report

CounterPunch, 10 December 2014

CIA director John Brennan, having failed to block the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on torture and abuse, is now abetting the efforts of former CIA directors and deputy directors to rebut the report’s conclusions that the interrogation techniques amounted to sadism and that senior CIA officials lied to the White House, the Congress, and the Department of Justice about the effectiveness of the enhanced interrogation program.  Former CIA directors George Tenet and Michael Hayden and deputy directors John McLaughlin and Steve Kappes, who were guilty of past deceit on sensitive issues, have threatened to make documents available to undermine the findings of the Senate committee.  The senior operations officer who ran the CIA’s torture and abuse program, Jose Rodriquez, has been permitted to write a book and a long essay in the Washington Post that argue the interrogation techniques were legal and effective.  Their charges are completely spurious and their credibility is non-existent. Read more.

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Dec 10

Steven Aftergood: CIA Torture Report – Oversight, But No Remedies Yet — With Strong PBI Comment

Steven Aftergood

Steven Aftergood

CIA Torture Report: Oversight, But No Remedies Yet

The release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program is, among other things, an epic act of record preservation. Numerous CIA records that might not have been disclosed for decades, or ever, were rescued from oblivion by the Senate report and are now indelibly cited and quoted, even if many of them are not yet released in full. That’s not a small thing, since the history of the CIA interrogation program was not a story that the Agency was motivated or equipped to tell. Read more.

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Dec 10