A U.S. Senate committee report will conclude that the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks yielded no critical intelligence on terrorist plots that could not have been obtained through non-coercive methods, U.S. officials familiar with the document said.
Foreshadowing the impending release of a report expected to suggest that the “enhanced” techniques were unnecessary and also to accuse some CIA officers of misleading Congress about the effectiveness of the program, President Barack Obama said on Friday that the CIA “tortured some folks.” He had supposedly banned the practices soon after taking office in 2009.
Obama also defended CIA director John Brennan who has faced congressional calls for his resignation after a revelation that the agency spied on the Senate committee investigating its interrogation techniques.
Senator Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat, has often used his perch on the Senate Intelligence Committee to ask national-security officials if they’re misbehaving. He typically focuses on abuses that are actually happening, so his latest exchange with CIA Director John Brennan demands wider attention. Udall asked if the CIA is engaged in domestic spying or searches on American citizens.
An idle question? One wouldn’t think so.
And the CIA director appeared to evade the question.
CIA Director John Brennan acknowledged Thursday, in the wake of a controversial US Senate report that criticized the agency’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques, that the agency has ‘fell short in holding some officers accountable for their mistakes.’
Brennan also said that some detainees who were subject to enhanced interrogation techniques did provide 'useful intelligence’ for the Osama bin Laden mission.
Bones - 11x06 - The Senator in the Street Sweeper - Press Release
THE TEAM GOES TO CAPITOL HILL TO SOLVE THE MURDER OF A POLITICAL FIGURE ON AN ALL-NEW “BONES” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, ON FOX
“Impractical Jokers” members Sal Vulcano and James Murray; Brenda Strong (“Desperate Housewives”); and Nicholas Gonzalez (SLEEPY HOLLOW) Guest-Star
A pair of funny sanitation workers (guest stars Sal Vulcano and James Murray; “Impractical Jokers”) discover the shredded body of a U.S. Senator in a street sweeper, which leads Brennan, Booth and the team to Capitol Hill, where they meet with U.S. Senator and majority whip Hayley Winters (guest star Brenda Strong) and the victim’s chief of staff Eric Morales (guest star Nicholas Gonzalez) to get to the bottom of this political murder. Meanwhile, as Aubrey starts to develop a relationship with squintern Laura (Jessica Warren), he looks into her past to make sure nothing will harm his dream of a future in politics in the all-new “The Senator in the Street Sweeper” episode of BONES airing Thursday, Nov. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (BON-1106) (TV-14 L, V)
Cast: Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance Brennan; David Boreanaz as FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth; TJ Thyne as Dr. Jack Hodgins; Michaela Conlin as Angela Montenegro; Tamara Taylor as Dr. Camille “Cam” Saroyan; John Boyd as FBI Special Agent James Aubrey
Guest Cast: Patricia Belcher as ADA Caroline Julian, Laura Spencer as Jessica Warren, Brenda Strong as Senator Hayley Winters, James Murray as Murray, Salvatore Vulcano as Sal, Nicholas Gonzalez as Eric Morales, Alecia Beth Hillis as Lynette O'Malley, Dat Tien Phan as Manager, Stevie Jones as Anissa Green, Brian Scolaro as Frankie Cesari, Melissa Etezadi as Reporter #1 and Nefetari Spencer as Reporter #2
The CIA is still lying about its post-9/11 torture program, even in the face of a devastating Senate report, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said Wednesday.
In a dramatic floor speech during his final month in the Senate, Udall said the CIA’s lies have been aided and abetted by President Barack Obama’s White House and called on the president to “purge” his administration of CIA officials who were involved in the interrogation program detailed in the report.
“It’s bad enough to not prosecute these officials, but to reward and promote them is incomprehensible,” Udall said. “The president needs to purge his administration.”
Udall said the lies are “not a problem of the past,” citing the CIA’s response to the 6,000-page torture report. He said the agency took seven months to write a formal comment after the Senate Intelligence Committee approved the report in December 2012 – and when it did, it was full of lies and half-truths meant to justify the agency’s actions.
“The CIA’s formal response to this study under Director Brennan clings to false narratives about the CIA’s effectiveness when it comes to the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. It includes many factual inaccuracies, defends the use of torture and attacks the committee’s oversight and findings,” Udall said.
“I believe its flippant and dismissive tone represents the CIA’s approach to oversight, and the White House’s willingness to let the CIA to do whatever it likes – even if it’s actively undermining the president’s stated policies.”
Udall said a never-released internal CIA report begun under the agency’s previous director, Leon Panetta, in fact supported many of the Senate’s findings. But, he said, the CIA sought to bury it – even taking the inflammatory step of spying on Senate staffers to find out how they gained access to it. That surveillance was the subject of a CIA inspector general report that found the agency had acted improperly.
“While the study clearly shows that the CIA detention and interrogation program itself was deeply flawed, the deeper, more endemic problem lies in the CIA, assisted by a White House, that continues to try to cover up the truth,” Udall said.
Brennan has defended the agency and criticized the Senate report, claiming it provided “an incomplete and selective picture of what occurred.”
Shortly after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its summary of the report Tuesday, Obama said the interrogation program was “troubling” and included practices “contrary to our values.”
“That is why I unequivocally banned torture when I took office, because one of our most effective tools in fighting terrorism and keeping Americans safe is staying true to our ideals at home and abroad,” the president said.