Senate investigation of CIA’s use of torture provokes constitutional crisis

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Good evening:

Senator Diane Feinstein (D) Chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee excoriated the CIA earlier today for withholding information from her committee and spying on its investigation into allegations that CIA officials tortured suspected terrorists after 9/11 in violation of federal laws.

Her committee is responsible for monitoring the government’s intelligence community, including the CIA. In turn it’s required to keep the committee informed about its activities. To that end the CIA supplied senate staff investigators with 6.2 million documents loaded onto several computers at a secure site off CIA property.

Based on a review of those records, the committee produced a 6,300 page report, which has not been declassified.

Senator Feinstein said today that the committee investigators discovered that the CIA leadership seriously misled the committee about its activities. Instead, the interrogators used brutal methods, including waterboarding, that constitute torture and they lied about it afterward while falsely claimed that their brutal methods produced useful intelligence.

She said that, although the CIA disputed some of the findings in the committee report, the CIA Inspector General conducted his own review and reached similar conclusions.

Drafts of that internal review were included in the documents provided to the committee alerting them to its existence.

How that happened is unknown, but committee staff subsequently noticed that those drafts mysteriously disappeared from the database and that led to Senator Feinstein’s accusation today that the CIA was spying on the committee’s investigation.

Meanwhile, general counsel for the CIA has accused senate staffers of hacking into agency computers and stealing classified documents.

Senator Feinstein has asked the Justice Department to conduct a criminal investigation of the CIA and she also has asked President Obama to declassify and publish her committee’s report as well as the inspector general’s report “to ensure that an un-american, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted.”


The New York Times Editorial Board’s OpEd, The CIA Torture Cover-up

Corn, D., The Senate-CIA Blowup Threatens a Constitutional Crisis (Mother Jones Magazine)

The Washington Post, Intrigue at the top: CIA, Senate feud goes public


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4 Responses to Senate investigation of CIA’s use of torture provokes constitutional crisis

  1. Rachael says:

    “Infamous George Zimmerman Prosecutor Puts Disproportionate Number of Black Men on Death Row”

    • Malisha says:

      A problem with that article, though, is that Corey did not in fact overcharge Fogen. Dershowitz wanted Fogen to walk and not to even face charges because he got a boo boo on his head (or nose, I can’t remember which) that proved he faced a dangerous thug, which no white man should ever have to do. The journalist should check her Mother Jonesian credentials before using Dershowitz as an authority. Fogen was NOT over-charged. Corey, who is probably a Florida racist a la mode, threw the trial because she wanted to create an impression that she actually WOULD try to punish a white man for killing a worthless Black kid she would have preferred to see on death row than in her prosecutors’ in-box.

      Nor do I think she overcharged Dunn. You have to premeditate murder when you pull a loaded gun out of your glove compartment to shoot at a bunch of kids who “mouthed off” at you in your god-given-boss-man-role. Her mistake in the Dunn trial was in not putting on the ample material, in rebuttal, to prove that Dunn’s motives were both bullying and racist. The defense opened the door pretty wide with their “he’s a man of peace” vomitorium-presentation.

      • Trained Observer says:

        Myriad overcharging accusations against Corey have come from tootaloos (some of them lawyers) who don’t know any better. They need to become more familiar with Florida law.

  2. Malisha says:

    The CIA uses torture to control its “enemies.” It uses murder to control its government. It uses terror to dominate the populace. And it has all the power. And power concedes nothing.

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