Mark Udall: CIA Took “Unprecedented Action” Against SSCI on Its Own Torture Report

Mark Udall just wrote Obama a sometimes cryptic letter asking him to commit to declassifying the Senate Intelligence Report torture report. In it, he:

  • Asserts a significant amount of what has been declassified about the torture program is “misleading and inaccurate”
  • Asks for more information about what led to the development of the CIA report
  • Asks why the findings of the CIA report were not included in CIA’s (John Brennan’s) response to the torture report
  • Suggests CIA is withholding the final version of the internal CIA report that corroborates many of SSCI’s report (it has provided a draft)
  • Says he will hold Caroline Krass’ nomination to be CIA General Counsel

But I’m particularly interested in this oblique comment:

As you are aware, the CIA has recently taken unprecedented action against the Committee in relation to the internal CIA review, and I find those actions to be incredibly troubling for the Committee’s oversight responsibilities and for our democracy. It is essential that the Committee be able to do its oversight work — consistent with our constitutional principle of the separation of powers — without the CIA posing impediments or obstacles as it is today.

“Unprecedented” is a pretty strong word.

Senator Udall’s office was unable to offer more clarity about this unprecedented action.

Updated: Changed the title because it implied Udall was saying this unprecedented action was about covering up torture, which is more than he said.

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JimWhiteGNV Today's Nobel Prize announcement is giving me flashbacks to my grad school and postdoc days researching DNA repair.
emptywheel @EveningStarNM actually not what DoD said. Plus they claim investigation ongoing. Also ignores public comments fr Afghans.
emptywheel @EveningStarNM Bc DOD has SPECIFICALLY SAID this wasn't US SOF taking fire. You're inventing facts now.
emptywheel @EveningStarNM Bullshit. I said, "Don't call this an accident when we don't know." I'm DOING what you claim to want to do.
emptywheel @EveningStarNM Thanks. Clean up your own house, then! You are doing precisely what you complain about and still don't understand that!
emptywheel @EveningStarNM Ok. Thanks. That apply to MSF too? Or it's okay to suggest they were shielding Taliban?
emptywheel @EveningStarNM But we DO have evidence of 2 things: Afghans raided this hospital in July, Afghans initially said they struck on purpose.
emptywheel @EveningStarNM Yes. Like you just did. This convo started w/me complaining that journos were reporting as *fact* something, that = accident.
emptywheel @EveningStarNM No. You're exhibiting prejudice, but don't realize it! It's actually sort of cute.
emptywheel Can think of few worse people to ask this Q than McCain. Esp since he's making big push to keep troops in Afg.
emptywheel @EveningStarNM In other words, after saying we have to wait, you're not only not doing so but collapsing 2 levels of involvement. Congrats!
emptywheel @EveningStarNM And part of that is not calling it an accident when the available evidence says it probably wasn't.
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