The much-anticipated CIA “Torture Report” has been released today. The report details horrific torture procedures used on enemy detainees – some of whom were wrongly imprisoned due to “mistaken identities or bad intelligence.”
An exhaustive, five-year Senate investigation of the CIA’s secret interrogations of terrorism suspects renders a strikingly bleak verdict of a program launched in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, describing levels of brutality, dishonesty and seemingly arbitrary violence that at times brought even agency employees to moments of anguish.
The report by the Senate Intelligence Committee delivers new allegations of cruelty in a program whose severe tactics has been abundantly documented, revealing that agency medical personnel voiced alarm that waterboarding methods had deteriorated to “a series of near drownings” and that agency employees subjected detainees to “rectal rehydration” and other painful procedures that were never approved.
Aside from rectal rehydration, the report condemns American intelligence agencies’ “brutal interrogation techniques in violation of U.S. law, treaty obligations and our values.”
The establishment of the “black sites” was part of a broader transformation of the CIA in which it rapidly morphed from an agency focused on intelligence gathering into a paramilitary force with new powers to capture prisoners, disrupt plots and assemble a fleet of armed drones to carry out targeted killings of al-Qaeda militants.
Americans across the world are on alert. Government officials have been careful to warn of potential violence in the wake of this controversial report.
Does this move by the Obama administration seem like a good idea, or purely political? It comes at a time when nearly all of Obama’s failed policies are under attack.