The CIA Torture Report: An Overview and A Question for You

First, let me get this out of the way. Torture is wrong; it rarely accomplishes what the torturer hopes and brings the person, group or nation that supports it down to the level of beasts that should be eradicated. There is no way that our government should be involved in torture. Period.

Except when torture is not torture.

And 59% of the American public believes that the methods that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used to gain intelligence is not torture. I am not a legal scholar and it wouldn’t matter if I was. The legal community is split in defining the “enhanced interrogation” techniques that were used in the aftermath of the 911 attack. Some believe they are torture while some do not. Both Senator McCain and Supreme Court Justice Scalia make fine distinctions and, although my definition falls between the two, I can see their point of view.

I am uncomfortable with the release of the executive summary of the Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, and I am not the only one. The 500+ page summary is a very flawed document. Not only was it compiled by just the Democrats (the Republican members of the committee refused to be involved with it), but it doesn’t allow any point of view other than what it was designed to do.

The Democrats, led by Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), waited years after the fact and then spent 4 more years and $40 million to point out that the Bush administration crossed the line when it came to enhanced interrogation. Unfortunately, it cherry picks data to prove the point of the Democrats and doesn’t give a voice to defenders of the program. Nor does it give a voice to the men and women of the CIA who carried it out. It also conveniently whitewashes the facts that the CIA had Congressional approval and oversight of its activities.

That is like holding a political debate but not allowing the opposing parties to speak. Then complaining that they broke your rules when they didn’t speak.

Defenders of the Senate report have already made the claim that the information in it comes from the CIA, and there is a lot of information that is disturbing from those sources, but taking a very slanted view of those activities is unhelpful, to say the least.

John Brennan
John Brennan

CIA director John Brennan said earlier this year that he “agrees with many of the findings in the report, and we disagree with others. We have acknowledged and learned from the program’s shortcomings and we have taken corrective measures to prevent such mistakes from happening again.”

The report was released now because after January the Republicans will have control of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and they would have either released a different version of the report or not released anything at all.

So my question for you is, how do you feel about this? I am still slogging through the report. It is particularly dry reading, but important and I may even take a shot at reading the 6,700 page report when it comes out, but I want to know what your gut feeling is.

Is this a desperate attempt to shore up Democrat prestige after their midterm defeat and repudiation? Or has Dianne Feinstein suddenly discovered a higher calling to the truth?

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3 thoughts on “The CIA Torture Report: An Overview and A Question for You

  1. The United States military has and should always remain apolitical. Your comment that only Democrats brought the unclassified version of the executive summary to the American people and that Republicans refused to “sign on” to the reports findings is a slap in the face of the military. Politics should never be a part of what the US military is about. This report is about civilian or former military types who have given themselves over to being civilians. For those latter individuals, the obvious found the oath they swore to be of no more value in guiding there actions or behavior. Military personnel were led astray by these civilian types and were induced into actions that violated the UCMJ. For this they were brought to military justice and punished accordingly. But for the civilians who beat, water boarded, abused and some cases caused the death of detainees in there custody, your position seems to be that these individuals should somehow skirt responsibility and possibly be thought of as unsung heroes of our intelligence community.
    United States Senator John McCain said it best. He lived the torture and abuse you seem to turn a blind eye towards. My recommendation is for you to reread the oath you swore and to review the service you gave to the nation and to ask yourself, “What would I have done in the presence of the abuse and killing of detainees? Turned a blind eye or at the least reported it up the chain of command?”

  2. Is this a desperate attempt to shore up Democrat prestige after their midterm defeat and repudiation? Or has Dianne Feinstein suddenly discovered a higher calling to the truth? Really?

    You don’t want my opinion. You want me to give back one of yours.

    I have ZERO interest in Democrat prestige or Feinstein’s calling. My opinion coincides with Senator McCain’s. What I have read so far tells me that this information MUST come out. You seem hung up on the who, the when, and the why, but I want to know WHAT happened.

  3. People do not understand that information gained by torture, is NOT truthful information most of the time. And, if the CIA or any operation can torture enemy combatants or others, then it is very likely they will be at your door soon. This is a FACT.

    I am born bred USA… marine corps family… I am sui juris in constitutional and UCC law, but not a BAR attorney. I asked the IRS for their CAFRs to see where the money goes,to whom it goes, what and who owns and manages them, holding companies, etc… I have investigated them for over 18 years. In 2006 I was kidnapped, tortured and held for 153 days without bail as a federal detainee in Ogden Utah facility… I was going to die in 2 days or plead to a false charge. I was also given Tuburculosys and STAFF that was 2 days from killing me… thanks to the new home land insecurity and the so called Patriot Act… we are only free in America, if we do not ask questions about secrete combinations…

    Tortured gives the ones doing the torture what they want to hear… but only to stop the torture..


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