Thursday, May 19, 2016

I can understand one agent erasing "black sites" information, but, an entire agency?

May 17, 2016
By Rohan Smith

...America's spy agency has 6700 pages (click here) detailing exactly what went on at so-called "black sites" after 2001. At least, they did have 6700 pages.
According to a number of reports, the CIA's internal investigators inexplicably "erased" their only copies of the document.
According to Yahoo News, which first reported the news on Monday, the CIA admitted to accidentally deleting a document and destroying a disk that contained the report.
It adds to specul.ation of a cover-up and paints a picture of incompetence at the agency's headquarters at Langley, Virginia. A professor of law in New York put it best this week when he said: "It makes you wonder what was going on over there."...
...Ms Feinstein admitted the report was "highly critical of the CIA's actions, and rightfully so" but acknowledged that it was important to remember the fear that existed in the months and years after 2001.
"It is worth remembering the pervasive fear in late 2001 and how immediate the threat felt," she wrote....
...Among the executive summary's findings were that interrogators used "wallings" (slamming detainees against walls), sleep deprivation, nudity, waterboarding and rectal feeding.
"The waterboarding technique was physically harmful, inducing convulsions and vomiting," the summary found.
"Internal CIA records describe the waterboarding of (one detainee) as evolving into a 'series of near drownings'."
Other detainees were given ice water baths and placed inside a coffin-shaped box. The impacts were long-lasting....
...Yahoo reported deleting the document was "an inadvertent foul-up" that was privately disclosed to the Senate Intelligence Committee last summer but has never been made public. It comes at a time when debate about the report's release is more fervent than ever.
On Friday, a federal appeals court rejected efforts to see the full version of the report made public. The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to obtain the full version but it's not yet clear if those efforts will deliver a result....

You mean it gets worse? It is time to release the report to the public. It will end up on some internet page one day. It would be better if the report was released and Senator Feinstein open a dialogue about it's information. It don't believe it will do any more damage than already exists. It can't get worse than Abu Ghraib. I don't know how anything can be worse than this.

...Contained within the report are other "breathtaking" details, including how CIA personnel were never held accountable for violating CIA policies.

"Significant events, (including) the death and injury of CIA detainees, the detention of individuals who did not meet the legal standard to be held, the use of unauthorised interrogation techniques against CIA detainees and the provision of inaccurate information on the CIA programs did not result in appropriate, effective, or in many cases, any corrective actions," the report noted.