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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:31 AM

Report finds harsh CIA interrogations ineffective

Source: Washington Post

By Greg Miller, Published: December 13

After a contentious closed-door vote, the Senate intelligence committee approved a long-awaited report Thursday concluding that harsh interrogation measures used by the CIA did not produce significant intelligence breakthroughs, officials said.

The 6,000-page document, which was not released to the public, was adopted by Democrats over the objections of most of the committee’s Republicans. The outcome reflects the level of partisan friction that continues to surround the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other severe interrogation techniques four years after they were banned.

The report is the most detailed independent examination to date of the agency’s efforts to “break” dozens of detainees through physical and psychological duress, a period of CIA history that has become a source of renewed controversy because of torture scenes in a forthcoming Hollywood film, “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Officials familiar with the report said it makes a detailed case that subjecting prisoners to ­“enhanced” interrogation techniques did not help the CIA find Osama bin Laden and often were counterproductive in the broader campaign against al-Qaeda ...



Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/report-finds-harsh-cia-interrogations-ineffective/2012/12/13/a9da510a-455b-11e2-9648-a2c323a991d6_story.html

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struggle4progress Dec 2012 OP
Comrade Grumpy Dec 2012 #1
aandegoons Dec 2012 #2
Kelvin Mace Dec 2012 #3
Botany Dec 2012 #4
struggle4progress Dec 2012 #5
struggle4progress Dec 2012 #6
Solly Mack Dec 2012 #7
Berlum Dec 2012 #8
1StrongBlackMan Dec 2012 #9

Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 01:39 AM

1. "Harsh interrogation measures." I think there's another word for that.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:44 AM

2. The newspeak is all we get from the government now.

It has become a perversion.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 09:33 AM

3. Shorter WaPo

Torture still torture, still legal.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 10:52 AM

4. If the torture was so effective how come bin Laden was still alive until 2011?

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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:29 AM

5. Senate Panel Approves Findings Critical of Detainee Interrogations

... Democratic chairwoman, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California .... said the report, with 20 official conclusions and 35,000 footnotes, “includes details of each detainee in C.I.A. custody, the conditions under which they were detained, how they were interrogated, the intelligence they actually provided and the accuracy — or inaccuracy — of C.I.A. descriptions about the program to the White House, Department of Justice, Congress and others” ...

The report now goes to the White House, the C.I.A. and other agencies for review and comment. After that is complete in mid-February, the committee will vote again on how much of the report should be declassified.

One Republican, Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, who is retiring, joined all the committee’s Democrats in voting for the report. In addition, Senator John McCain of Arizona, who as the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is a nonvoting member of the Intelligence Committee, gave it a strong endorsement ...

Mr. McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and has been an outspoken critic of the C.I.A.’s former methods, wrote Intelligence Committee members urging them to “finalize and declassify this report, so that all Americans can see the record for themselves, which I believe will finally close this painful chapter for our country.” ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/14/us/politics/senate-panel-approves-findings-on-prisoner-interrogations.html?_r=0

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:31 AM

6. US Senate panel condemns CIA torture, "mistakes"

By Michael Mathes (AFP) – 13 hours ago

... Investigators pored over six million pages in a 3.5-year review of Central Intelligence Agency practice, including the sending of detainees to so-called "black sites" around the world where they endured harsh interrogation ...

Republicans on the panel had boycotted participation in the investigation from the start, in part because it was based on documents and not interviews conducted with intelligence agents ...

The "comprehensive review" will now get sent to the president, Feinstein said. The executive branch has until February 15 to send to the panel its comments and recommendations on declassification ...

Feinstein and Senator Carl Levin in April released a joint statement saying coercive interrogation techniques did not play a role in locating bin Laden.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gGTcghbvjhIdtwwI55XnyHWgjU8A?docId=CNG.3adceb343777bcae88d34406b11e6ed2.1c1

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 11:31 AM

7. Snort

"harsh interrogation measures"

"use of waterboarding and other severe interrogation techniques"

"physical and psychological duress"



It's called torture.



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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 12:06 PM

8. Torture - Not just Republican FAIL, but Republican EVIL.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Fri Dec 14, 2012, 02:49 PM

9. But ... But ...

it worked so well on 24 Hours!

Maybe they were doing it wrong.

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