Senate Intelligence Torture Report: CIA Lied to the White House and the Public

I’m going to have a few more posts on Ron Wyden’s letter to John Brennan in advance of Brennan’s confirmation hearing.

In light of the Zero Dark Thirty debate and Dianne Feinstein’s spat with Michael Morell, I find this passage rather interesting.

I am particularly interested in getting your reaction to the report’s revelation that the CIA repeatedly provided inaccurate information about its interrogation program to the White House, the Justice Department, and Congress, and your view on what steps should be taken to correct inaccurate statements that were made to the public.

Frankly, it shouldn’t be a “revelation” that CIA lied to the Justice Department and Congress, at least. As I was able to show from publicly released documents, CIA was running an op on Congress. And it presented misleading documents to DOJ, both in terms of details about the techniques CIA would use as well as the crimes committed under the torture program (though I think both Congress and especially DOJ allowed themselves to be lied to at various points).

Nevertheless, it is apparently a significant conclusion of the torture program that CIA was lying to every potential avenue of oversight over their program.

Frankly, any approach to Brennan’s confirmation hearings that doesn’t also demand public release of the torture report would be yet more dereliction of Congress’ oversight role (either in his role in the White House or his prospective role at CIA, John Brennan would seem to have a significant role in Classification Authority for the torture program, so it should be a fair demand). Sadly, we probably won’t get it.

But even as a slew of journalists and film critics debate whether ZD30 is a CIA effort to pitch their torture program in the best light or not, we have yet more confirmation that CIA lied … to everyone (except maybe Cheney and Addington?).

Even as Wyden asks Brennan what steps he’ll take to make sure CIA doesn’t lie to every entity exercising oversight over it, Zero Dark 30 continues to pack theaters and convince squishy liberals torture worked.

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bmaz RT @william_pitts: HOLY CRAP CAN WE GET @SunDevilCurtain on whatever this is on espn2??? @942Crew
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bmaz @william_pitts @SunDevilCurtain @942Crew Wait - I just tuned in - what in the world is this??
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bmaz RT @imraansiddiqi: People from all different faiths gathered outside the Tempe mosque to form prayer circle in solidarity with Muslims. htt…
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bmaz @MykelBeyotch @chrisgeidner I agree, but elevated scrutiny comes out of an EP decision if it comes at all.
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bmaz A lot of officers+agencies all across the country seem to have forgotten, or never received, the message from DOJ https://t.co/W3rrTGJgMl
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bmaz @MykelBeyotch @chrisgeidner Equal Protection
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bmaz @chrisgeidner Nice writeup. My hope is that all the noise from the amici+political arguments gets ignored+its a straight up EP result
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bmaz RT @JasonFritz1: And there were more violent crimes there in 2013 than in 2006. #effectiveness
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bmaz RT @JasonFritz1: Between 2007 and 2013, Jefferson County, AL recieved ~$34M of excess mililtary equipment from the 1033 program. Pop: 650K.
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emptywheel @csoghoian Don't worry. I'm sure there's not one to PPD-28.
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emptywheel @jmcest Good point.
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bmaz @emptywheel Haven't read reports, got that from one of the article over last 36 hrs or so. But, yeah, that was exactly my first thought.
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