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SSCI votes to declassify Report on CIA Detention and Interrogation Program
Flopping Aces ^ | 04-04-14 | Wordsmith

Posted on 04/04/2014 10:47:56 AM PDT by Starman417


Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted overwhelmingly 11-3 in releasing to the public its 2012 report which concluded a 3-and-a-half year investigation into the CIA detention and interrogation program, implemented after 9/11.

Senator Dianne Feinstein:

“The Senate Intelligence Committee this afternoon voted to declassify the 480-page executive summary as well as 20 findings and conclusions of the majority’s five-year study of the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program, which involved more than 100 detainees.

The purpose of this review was to uncover the facts behind this secret program, and the results were shocking. The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation. It chronicles a stain on our history that must never again be allowed to happen.

This is not what Americans do."

Hmm...I'd really like to hear Nancy Pelosi weigh in, here. I'm sure she'd love to open her crusty pie-hole on this one, again.

Feinstein also stated:

"The release of this summary and conclusions in the near future shows that this nation admits its errors, as painful as they may be, and seeks to learn from them," said California Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the committee. "We are acknowledging those mistakes, and we have a continuing responsibility to make sure nothing like this ever occurs again."

Such admissions/assertions over the years by government officials- whether it be Feinstein, McCain, or Senator and President Obama- I think have done just as much damage (if not moreso) to our image and reputation as the actual severity of what occurred.

To equate the CIA program on a moral scale comparable to real torture regimes is hyperbolic and irresponsible.

I can accept that the EITs might have been unnecessary and perhaps even counterproductive; and that there may have been lines crossed. However, I have trouble believing that the CIA's program went so far as to rise to my definition of real torture. (i.e., mutilation, physical disfigurement, etc.). One man's discomfort can be considered another man's torture. Partisans on both sides of the issue are at odds with one another on where that line is drawn.

I don't know any other country that tortures beats itself up more than we do over past "mistakes" and sins. Should the CIA interrogation program really be considered one of these "stains" on our nation's history? I suppose the only way for me to draw a conclusion one way or the other is if I read the report myself in its entirety (6,000 pages?). The question would remain for me, how much of the 480-page executive summary is written and filtered through a partisan lens?

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TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: cia; terror

1 posted on 04/04/2014 10:47:56 AM PDT by Starman417
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To: Starman417

Distract, distract, distract. ANYTHING to get the conversation off Obamacare. They will be pulling this trick all the way to the election. We better figure out a way to keep the important issues at the forefront.

2 posted on 04/04/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: Starman417

Say whatever Uncle Obama tells you to say or you lose your stripes and your pension and they’ll send pictures to your wife. (Boy does that fit.)

3 posted on 04/04/2014 10:53:21 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: originalbuckeye

Indeed. And how did Wednesday’s Benghazi hearings, featuring the former (and EVIL) CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell get erased from the news? Another Ft. Hood shooting, HOW CONVENIENT.

4 posted on 04/04/2014 11:10:33 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: Starman417

SSCI/ Senate Select Committee on Intelligence...

Two words which should never be used in the same sentence: Senate and Intelligence.

5 posted on 04/04/2014 11:28:51 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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“exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation”

We offered them M&M’s and then withheld them, when they wouldn’t answer.......

6 posted on 04/04/2014 11:33:10 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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This morning on Fox news featured an intelligence specialist that said Feinstein and committee was fully aware of all the issues surrounding the EIT’s in real time, so it’s totally heresy for her to be spouting all this disgust in 2014 on the 6,200 page release of this document, that was as the result of reviewing 4 million documents on the subject.

Four million documents, summarized into 6,200 pages????
Maybe that’s what is wrong about this F’ed up government.
Too F’in many people wasting time writing up documents to make themselves feel important!

7 posted on 04/04/2014 11:53:17 AM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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