Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The nauseating Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's use of torture

When the topic of torture first hit the headlines under the G.W. Bush Administration, my stomach began to churn. Ever since, I've been afflicted with nausea whenever our officials have unbelievably discussed torture as a viable strategy in the "War on Terror."

The U.S. uses terror to fight the War on Terror??!!

So who could possibly be surprised by the recent Senate Intelligence Committee report stating that the CIA "misled" the government and the public about its use of "brutal interrogation methods."Say, like dunking a human being in a tank of ice water, beating him, and smashing his head against a wall?

If you've got some Tums or Mylanta, etc. on hand, take a look at this piece in the Washington Post summarizing the Senate Intelligence Committee's report:

A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years — concealing details about the severity of its methods, overstating the significance of plots and prisoners, and taking credit for critical pieces of intelligence that detainees had in fact surrendered before they were subjected to harsh techniques.
The report, built around detailed chronologies of dozens of CIA detainees, documents a long-standing pattern of unsubstantiated claims as agency officials sought permission to use — and later tried to defend — excruciating interrogation methods that yielded little, if any, significant intelligence, according to U.S. officials who have reviewed the document.  

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