The decision of Diane Feinstein to release the Senate’s report on the CIA is receiving lots of opposition from those who stand foursquare behind torture — sorry: “renditioning” — by the CIA. To see the large number of articles on this, click the link.
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Former Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden on Sunday rejected suggestions that the CIA lied about its use of enhanced interrogation techniques, as Senate Democrats are said to allege in a report expected for release this week.
“To say that we relentlessly, over an expanded period of time, lied to everyone about a program that wasn’t doing any good, that beggars the imagination,” Hayden said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Lying to Americans? The CIA? That beggars the imagination!
The former CIA chief and retired Air Force general, who headed the CIA during the final years of the George W. Bush administration, said that waterboarding was no longer in practice once his tenure began and that he recommended scaling back the enhanced-interrogation program in the summer of 2006.
“The program had been so valuable that we couldn’t stop it altogether,” he said. “In conscience, I couldn’t take it off the table.”
Waterboarding. “I couldn’t take it off the table.” Get it? He’s got a million of them! He’s the Henny Youngman of enhanced interrogation techniques.
Nevertheless, the report is coming.
Dick Cheney insists that the CIA did not go rogue. All this was authorized by the Justice Department, he says. I’ll bet it was.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney offered a full-throated defense of the Central Intelligence Agency on Monday, arguing that its harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects a decade ago were “absolutely, totally justified” and dismissing a new Senate report criticizing them.
Mr. Cheney, who was a vocal champion of those techniques after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has never accepted the widespread description of them as torture, said he had not read the report that the Intelligence Committee is expected to release on Tuesday. But from news reports about it, he said he had heard nothing to change his mind about the wisdom and effectiveness of the program.
“What I keep hearing out there is they portray this as a rogue operation and the agency was way out of bounds and then they lied about it,” he said in a telephone interview. “I think that’s all a bunch of hooey. The program was authorized. The agency did not want to proceed without authorization, and it was also reviewed legally by the Justice Department before they undertook the program.”
Feinstein is in charge until January 2. She has the authority to release the report. I think it is safe to say that she plans to release it. Today.