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20 Key Findings From the Senate Report on CIA Torture

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: : cia, intelligence, senate intelligence committee, senate torture report, torture, war on terror )

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Moyers & Company is preparing a detailed analysis of the report for later publication. A quick overview of what the report contains can be found in the Senate Intelligence Committee's 20 findings, reprinted here.


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Animae C (509)
Tuesday December 9, 2014, 5:40 pm
Will anyone every be held accountable?!

JL A (281)
Tuesday December 9, 2014, 5:45 pm
I'm glad--sufficient media coverage, voices speaking out and public outrage if no accountability emerges are the most likely routes to any accountability I fear AniMae. Thanks Judy--Moyers' analysis will be worth reading/hearing.

Judy C (91)
Tuesday December 9, 2014, 7:08 pm
I also am afraid no one will be held accountable. However, history will probably view the content of this report a dark and shameful chapter for the U.S.

Jason R (67)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 10:58 am
Hello John! The report is complete and fair. Going after criminals of this magnitude is not a witch hunt. Our Constitution demands we know the truth. The truth is, LAWS WERE BROKEN.

Jason R (67)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 11:00 am
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Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 11:47 am
I agree with John Gregoire

William Moorman (22)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 12:25 pm
If Obama goes after Bush, The next President will go after Obama it is better for all if no accountability for anybody continues

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 12:52 pm
Torture cannot be accepted!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 12:58 pm
John, I agree with you. Dianne Feinstein needs to fluff up her legacy right before retiring and serves up a self serving one sided partisan report; cherry picked the parts that best fit her agenda, interviewed no one, and thought she hit a home run. What she did was wreck her entire career IMO. She made a fool of herself.

This administration is like watching a Chevy Chase movie.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 1:55 pm
Interesting post.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 2:50 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Judy. Obama fought the Dems releasing this for several months at least. So, I don't see where Feinstein needs to be villified for doing the right thing. And, as usual, Republicans don't want to discuss the fact that America tortured; let alone get into the details. They love to divert the subject.
One of the stinging details is that at least 2 Americans were "mistakenly" tortured. The CIA has much to account for. And, the Bush Admin. should all be tried before the International Court. It's a real shame none of them will be held to account by our own U.S. judicial system.
The torture tactics (which they still like to call "enhanced interrogation"), were beyond brutal. Should we begin listing all of the horrendous acts perpetrated by Americans on human beings that were never even charged with a crime?

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 2:53 pm
Thx Judy.
Please also sign the PETITION Dennis Kucinich put out- please see my post >

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 2:58 pm
I do, however, agree there will likely be no prosecution.
Check out what Timothy B. Lee said about it- Instead of prosecuting torturers, Obama prosecuted the guy who revealed the program


Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 3:24 pm
John, I believe that you are quite mistaken on this, and Diane (aka:Karl Rove), you would find a way to defend Nixon, if the issue ever came up!
Apparently, Bush, apparently having been lied to by his Daddy's agency, will not be accountable, and going back to Nixon, whom Ford pardoned, we have a slippery slope situation: Were Nixon prosecuted, perhaps St.Reagan would not have been so ready to break the law so, so many times, as in the "Iran-Contra" and other situations.
We have shown that, for whatever excuses come to hand, that our Presidents are virtually untouchable, even for egregiously illegal acts... but sexual play will bring down the wrath of the righteous.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 4:12 pm
Richard Nixon knew he would be impeached and he resigned. Nixon surrounded himself with bad people.
Add that to his paranoia and it was very bad for our country IMO. President Clinton was impeached for lying under oath. Once he faced a republican congress he finally turned things around...also my personal opinion.

Negatives can be listed about all of our presidents. They have all made mistakes in judgment I will agree with that.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 8:54 pm
Rather surprising???!!!

"Before President George W. Bush left office, a group of conservatives lobbied the White House to grant pardons to the officials who had planned and authorized the United States torture program. My organization, the American Civil Liberties Union, found the proposal repugnant. Along with eight other human rights groups, we sent a letter to Mr. Bush arguing that granting pardons would undermine the rule of law and prevent Americans from learning what had been done in their names.

But with the impending release of the report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I have come to think that President Obama should issue pardons, after all —

because it may be the only way to establish, once and for all, that torture is illegal."

An idea to consider....
Given its source..... the ACLU.

Read more:

Judy C (91)
Thursday December 11, 2014, 12:00 am
Thanks for a very good discussion, folks. Thank you to Angelika for the petition, which I signed, and the link for the article that points out the only person to serve time so far from this CIA travesty is whistleblower, John Kiriaku. He couldn't stand to be a party to these horrible actions. This demonstrates just how far the U.S. has been from operating on any kind of principles.

BMutiny, I had read that suggestion by the ACLU Executive Director, and at first thought WTH, but he makes an excellent point.

I would like to point out that torture or not, since when is RAPE legal? I wonder how many rapes aka "enhanced interrogations" were committed at these prisons?


Kathleen M (208)
Thursday December 11, 2014, 1:14 pm
Noted with utter disgust! Thanks for posting, Judy. Here's hoping that anyone involved in this heinous episode in US history is criminally charged and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Ugly, very ugly!

Judy C (91)
Thursday December 11, 2014, 6:50 pm
Thanks for those revealing links, Richard. Yoo and Bybee have gone on their merry way with few recognizing their reprehensible contribution to the use of torture in this durable and cleverly devised "War on Terror". Kathleen, we can only wish for justice, but it's pretty improbable.

Angelika R (143)
Friday December 12, 2014, 11:49 am

President Obama: Fire John Brennan, CIA Director!
Tell President Obama it’s time to fire and prosecute defenders of torture as well as the officials who try to cover it up, particularly the Director of the CIA, John Brennan.

Angelika R (143)
Friday December 12, 2014, 11:55 am
The entire security state policy of the imperial hegemon has long taken a toxic and lethal path, sadly still too few people are open and ready to see this, as the latest example with the Ukraine putsch clearly shows. Even those friends here who, like myself, are at the forefront of exposing and condemning Israel's evil towards the Palestinians are yet unwilling to recognise the same by the US regarding Ukraine/Russia. This story did NOT begin with the Crimea grab, far from it.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday December 12, 2014, 2:11 pm
“violation of US law, treaty obligations and our values.” Dianne Feinstein

Our values......MY VALUES!

Sums it up for me. And I'm utterly disgusted and dismayed by the whole thing. It makes me feel dirty and sick. That I see other fellow Americans who are in approval of this or somehow want to whitewash it away, makes me even more sick.

Pound away at Benghazi over and over despite many investigations and reviews yet for this Democrats are going on a witch hunt. Unbelievable.

I also left a story on that highlights a few points.
How Doctors Psychologist and Others Sworn to Aid Human Beings Made The Torture Possible

Angelika R (143)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 9:36 am
Here's what Edward Snowden had to say about the CIA torture report

Richard S (209)
Wednesday December 17, 2014, 4:14 pm
Tried to post my documented comment explaining with legal authorities why Yoo and Bybee should be prosecuted, but Care 2 deletes it every time.
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