Friday, November 28, 2014

Year End Release of CIA Interrogation Practices Report {?}

Those continuing the justification of Torture, after we as a Country created Domestic Laws against and led the creation of same on the International stage, as a legal means to an end, from Cheney, especially, on down, are Justifying the use of and results from, in the continued Blowback from our policies, by the Criminal Terror organizations. Especially now with this ISIL and the reports of those held captive and then beheaded are first Tortured. No one uses Torture techniques to garner information, they do so for the inhumane reasons it establishes and for many because they enjoy doing or know it's being done on others, and aren't worried about the blowback others receive from in retaliations, but certainly wouldn't like being the receivers of same!!

Senate plans release of torture report by year's end
The report concerns alleged examples of human rights violations of the George W. Bush administration.

Nov. 26, 2014 - A Senate committee plans to release its long-delayed report on CIA interrogation practices before the end of the year.

Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., have said the summary, on the "enhanced interrogation" practices allegedly used during the administration of George W. Bush, could be submitted before the current Senate's last session on Jan. 3.

"It will come out by the end of the year. We are going to find a way," Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said.

Feinstein's committee will be led, in the upcoming Senate, by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who initially voted against release of the report. The decision to publicly release the report, in the new year, would be his.

Negotiations between the Senate and the Obama administration have bogged down in recent weeks over redactions in the report, which is expected to explain the CIA's use of detention, rendition and interrogation methods, including waterboarding in the post-Sept. 11, 2001 era. CIA methods have been condemned by legal scholars, human rights activists and the Obama administration as examples of torture. read more>>>

Highest-value terror detainees excluded from Senate investigation of CIA torture
*Four suspected al-Qaida members not interviewed received brutal treatment
*US denied Polish investigators access to two of the detainees this summer
*‘The investigators believe these men have no voice worth hearing’

24 November 2014 - A widely anticipated report by the Senate intelligence committee into torture committed by the Central Intelligence Agency has a hole at the center of its story: the men the CIA tortured.

Lawyers for four of the highest-value detainees ever held by the CIA, all of whom have made credible allegations of torture and all of whom remain in US government custody, say the Senate committee never spoke with their clients. In some cases the Senate’s investigators never attempted to speak with the men whose abuse is at the heart of what the committee spent over four years investigating.

The absence of the torture victims’ accounts calls the thoroughness of the Senate committee inquiry “directly into question”, said David Nevin, who represents accused 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

“If you’re conducting a genuine inquiry of a program that tortured people, don’t you begin by talking to the people who were tortured? It seems here, as far as my client is concerned, no effort was made to do that.” read more>>>

Torture, war, and no consequences
Nov 27, 2014 - During the Bush administration, the US engaged in the torture of terrorism suspects at prisons like Abu Ghraib, and at black sites all over Europe. Arguably, torture is still occurring in some places, through actions like the force feeding in Guantanamo Bay. However, in 2009, right after he entered office, President Obama banned torture – including waterboarding.

The Obama administration, the Senate, and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are now grappling over how much of the Senate’s CIA torture memo to release, and how much of it should stay redacted. The study, which reportedly comes to some damning conclusions about the agency’s "enhanced interrogations" throughout the lawless beginnings of the war on terror, took five years, and cost $40 million dollars to produce.

In April, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to release a 500 page summary of this in depth look at the CIA’s habit of torture, detention, and interrogation. So far, only 5 percent of it is going to be redacted, which constitutes progress in the negotiations. read more>>>

UN torture experts weigh in on disputed Senate CIA interrogation report
November 26, 2014 - Seven top United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday urged President Barack Obama “not to yield” to demands from the Central Intelligence Agency that key material be edited out from a Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation practices. read more>>>

* * * Seeds of ISIL Planted By Bush/Cheney and Conservative Congresses * * *

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *

24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014

Bob Herbert "Losing Our Way" : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds

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