Leon Panetta Torture Review Agrees with Senate Torture Report

I’m watching the confirmation hearing for Caroline Krass to be General Counsel of the CIA.

When his turn, Mark Udall just started by saying that after the review process between CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee, “I’m more confident than ever of the factual accuracy of the Committee’s 6300 page study.” He then repeated it again.

He went on to reveal that CIA is still withholding certain cables the Committee needs to finish the report.

Finally, he revealed that Leon Panetta did a review of the torture program. And that review came to the same conclusion as the Senate Intelligence Report.

Which raised two questions, for Udall. First, given that Panetta, as CIA DIrector, came to largely similar results as the Senate did, why has the CIA spent a year fighting the release of the Torture Report?

More importantly, why has — as Udall revealed — refused to turn over the Panetta review to the Committee?

Very good questions.

Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including Vice, Motherboard, the Nation, the Atlantic, Al Jazeera, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse in Grand Rapids, MI.

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  1. Riccardo Cabeza says:

    Because CIA employees prefer not to be investigated for war crimes, crimes against humanity, international law violations, the Geneva Convention violations, the United Nations Convention Against Torture, and violations of the 4th, 5th, 8th and 14th amendments?

    Maybe it is as simple as the CIA has a sad because they got punked by the ChimpCo regime.

    Or maybe the CIA just forgot torture never works even if you really, really, really want it to and that in fact torture is counter to public and private political goals. Maybe there are just sadistic people in the US government. Maybe the CIA offers good employment with a nice health plan and several federal holidays off. Maybe it was just for the laughs. Maybe Obama told the CIA not to release the review to the committee because Obama did want a CIA coup on his hands.

    The important thing is, let’s look forwards, not backwards. After all, tomorrow is another day.

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