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    Summary of Senate Report about CIA Torture Released

    A censored summary of the report on CIA interrogation programmes has been released. The actual report remains classified.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30401100

    The CIA carried out "brutal" interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks on the US, a US Senate report has said.

    The summary of the report, compiled by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that the CIA misled Americans about what it was doing.

    The information the CIA collected this way failed to secure information that foiled any threats, the report said.

    In a statement, the CIA insisted that the interrogations did help save lives.
    The CIA and several Republicans maintain that the torture techniques used provided highly valuable information, despite all evidence lacking.

    "Claims included in this report that assert the contrary are simply wrong," Senators Mitch McConnell and Saxby Chambliss said in a joint statement.
    Guantanamo Bay was one of the locations used for torturing suspects. But, as was already widely known, the CIA also relied on secret prisons in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and other regions.

    It had already been established long before the report that torture is an ineffective method that mostly excels at providing false positives, false admissions. That fact has been corroborated by the outcome of this report. Torture did not provide any reliable, otherwise unknown information according to the Senate committee.

    The CIA detained people who did not meet the legal criteria for detention. Several inmates (at least 26 of 119 confirmed inmates, 21.8%) were found out to have been innocent.

    It is probable that at least one person was killed in the programme.

    The CIA misled politicians and the public about both the brutality and the effectiveness of their torture methods. They evaded oversight, just a modicum of transparency, and on multiple occasions let 'excesses' unpunished. (That's excesses of excesses.)

    Five inmates at least have been force-fed rectally. Others received threats, like threats of harming or sexually abusing family members or of being sexually exploited (i.e. raped) with a broomstick.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30401025



    The summary can be found here:

    http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/s...sscistudy1.pdf



    Reader's digests about some of the worst findings of the report:

    http://www.vox.com/2014/12/9/7360823...orture-roundup

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/...rectal-feeding



    The committee's report explained:

    http://www.vox.com/2014/12/9/7339753...torture-report

    The report is based on investigators' review of over six million pages of CIA documents, from contemporary notes by lower-level officials to higher-level memos.

    Initially, the bipartisan investigators planned to interview CIA employees as well. But in August 2009, the Justice Department launched its own investigation of the CIA over torture. Senate Intelligence Committee Republicans argued that CIA employees would now be put at legal risk by answering investigators' questions, so the committee's GOP members dropped out of the effort entirely. (The Justice Department's investigation concluded in 2012 without any charges being brought.)


    Perhaps the most horrible thing about this is that millions of Americans will continue to believe that the torture programmes have been necessary and effective. It's almost inevitable that a significant portion will remain of this opinion, if you think how ridiculously politicised this issue is, while opposition to torture ought to be a complete given.
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    Re: Summary of Senate Report about CIA Torture Released

    Most Republican committee members endorsed a separate report:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/1...rt-113434.html

    Senate Intelligence Committee Republicans took a strikingly different tone from their Democratic colleagues Tuesday on the CIAs detention program, hailing it for saving American lives and playing an important role in weakening Al Qaeda.

    The report, issued by the committees outgoing senior Republican, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, stands in stark contrast to Chairwoman Dianne Feinsteins (D-Calif.) highly critical findings asserting that the CIA misled the public, Congress and the White House about its enhanced interrogation program.

    We have no doubt that the CIAs detention program saved lives and played a vital role in weakening Al Qaeda while the program was in operation, the Republican senators concluded.
    Oh, those report writers and endorsers. They just hate our freedoms! I've very briefly looked into their report, but it doesn't look remotely illuminating. All I saw in it was spin.



    A not particularly reflexive take came from FOX:

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewir...merica-awesome

    After the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the torture techniques used by the CIA, the hosts of Fox News' "Outnumbered" lashed out at Senate Democrats' for publicizing CIA interrogation methods.

    Co-host Andrea Tantaros accused Democrats of resurfacing torture techniques that the CIA has already stopped using for political reasons.

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    Re: Summary of Senate Report about CIA Torture Released

    This opinion from HRW argues for prosecution of the people involved in torture:

    http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/12/13/c...-be-prosecuted

    The primary international treaty against torture, the Convention against Torture, which the United States ratified in 1994, contains two key requirements. First, it bans torture, without exception, as well as other inhumane treatment. Second, it requires that torturers be prosecuted.

    President Obama has been firm in stopping torture. On his second day in office, he ordered an end to the Bush administrations enhanced interrogation techniques a euphemism for torture and the closure of the secret CIA detention centers where torture was carried out.

    But Obama has utterly failed in the second requirement. He has flatly refused to investigate the torture, let alone prosecute those responsible. The sole exception was a limited inquiry into any CIA interrogations that exceeded what was authorized, but even then the investigators didnt interview victims or recommend charges. The Senate intelligence committee report should lead the president to reexamine this refusal.
    HRW has also tracked other countries' involvement in facilitating CIA torture. Some of these links are relatively old, but the ECHR recently (in July) ruled that Poland shares responsibility for CIA torture on its territory.

    http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/07/24/p...ure-complicity
    http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/07/20/i...ice-cia-abuses
    http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/06/25/l...et-cia-prisons

    http://www.hrw.org/news/2007/02/11/e...l-cia-activity The report mentioned was adopted two days later: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/...DOC+XML+V0//EN

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    Re: Summary of Senate Report about CIA Torture Released

    Not the Senate's torture report, but it is very much related:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...dition-torture

    The groundbreaking memoir of a current Guantnamo inmate that lays bare the harrowing details of the US rendition and torture programme from the perspective of one of its victims is to be published next week after a six-year battle for the manuscript to be declassified.

    Guantnamo Diary, the first book written by a still imprisoned detainee, is being published in 20 countries and has been serialised by the Guardian amid renewed calls by civil liberty campaigners for its authors release.

    Mohamedou Ould Slahi describes a world tour of torture and humiliation that began in his native Mauritania more than 13 years ago and progressed through Jordan and Afghanistan before he was consigned to US detention in Guantnamo, Cuba, in August 2002 as prisoner number 760. US military officials told the Guardian this week that despite never being prosecuted and being cleared for release by a judge in 2010, he is unlikely to be released in the next year.

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    Re: Summary of Senate Report about CIA Torture Released

    One of the Guantnamo Bay torturers used similar methods earlier in his career when he was a detective.

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2...lice-brutality

    A Chicago detective who led one of the most shocking acts of torture ever conducted at Guantnamo Bay was responsible for implementing a disturbingly similar, years-long regime of brutality to elicit murder confessions from minority Americans.

    In a dark foreshadowing of the United States post-9/11 descent into torture, a Guardian investigation can reveal that Richard Zuley, a detective on Chicagos north side from 1977 to 2007, repeatedly engaged in methods of interrogation resulting in at least one wrongful conviction and subsequent cases more recently thrown into doubt following allegations of abuse.
    Edit: I should also add that the guy seems as racist as anything you might find in the KKK.
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    Re: Summary of Senate Report about CIA Torture Released

    More on the extremely vile racist Richard Zuley can be read here:

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2...e-innocent-man

    Shackled by his wrist to the wall and by his ankle to the floor, Lathierial Boyd waited for the detective to return to the Chicago police station. In what he considered a sign he had nothing to hide, the 24-year-old Boyd had given the white detective permission to search his swank loft. It would be clear, he thought, that Boyd was no murderer.

    Yes, Boyd had sold drugs when he was younger. But he had turned a corner with his life, and the contents of his briefcase, which Boyd had also handed over, could prove where his money came from. His business papers were in order: contracts for his real-estate business, tax documents, the forgettable dealings of a successful man hardly what a killer might carry. As soon as Detective Richard Zuley came back, Boyd thought, hed be free.

    A quarter-century later, Boyd remembered Zuleys words when the detective returned from his well-heeled home: No n***** is supposed to live like this.

    Thanks to the police work of Dick Zuley, whom Boyd describes as evil, an innocent man was found guilty of murder. The evidence connecting Boyd to the shooting of two men was non-existent: a suspicious piece of paper, eyewitnesses ruling him out from the scene, evidence ignored.

    The detective and the convicted businessman would see each other again: at a 2004 court hearing, Zuley described himself as on a leave of absence from the Chicago police department, assigned to the Joint Task Force at Guantnamo.

    And then, in 2013, after Boyd lived half his life in prison, the state of Illinois exonerated him, admitting that he should never have been prosecuted in the first place.

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    Re: Summary of Senate Report about CIA Torture Released

    Three victims (of whom one has indeed been killed by the torture programme) may proceed with their civil case against the two contract psychologists of the CIA to a pre-trial procedure.

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/l...b044ce3c399d06

    For the first time in a civil lawsuit brought by victims of the CIA torture program, a federal judge has allowed the case to move forward

    Judge Justin Quackenbush denied a motion to dismiss the case against two contract psychologists, the architects of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2...e-goes-forward

    Attorneys for the three victims – one of whom froze to death while being tortured at a CIA black site – were jubilant and a little disbelieving after the hearing ended on Friday.

    “This has never happened before,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s national security project. “There have been so many cases brought by torture victims, Iraq, Afghanistan, elsewhere, and not one of them has been able to go forward for shameful reasons. This is a very big deal for our clients.”

    The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of Suleiman Abdullah Salim, a Tanzanian fisherman; Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, a Libyan who was living in exile from Muammar Gaddafi’s regime; and Gul Rahman, an Afghan refugee who died of hypothermia while undergoing so-called “enhanced interrogation”.

    Although they were held for years and subjected to what their lawsuit describes as “war crimes”, the three men were never accused of being members of al-Qaida. They were never charged with any crimes. They were left with serious psychological and physical injuries but have received no compensation from the US government.

    The victims’ civil lawsuit alleges that psychologists James Elmer Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, independent contractors hired by the CIA, designed a brutal torture program that amounted to a “joint criminal enterprise”.
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