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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bmaz @ThePlumLineGS @rickhasen @danieljpayne Yes, sadly, this is exactly right. There are very legitimate 1A concerns.
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emptywheel @theurbansherpa Didn't know that was the single thing delaying neurosurgery I don't THINK you need....
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emptywheel @flyryan Also gotta say this, w/stuff that happened w/CISA at end, does not inspire confidence. @Susan_Hennessey @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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bmaz @sbagen @addiestan @theprospect Bernie Sanders calling PP part of the establishment was "demeaning"?? Come on.
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emptywheel @flyryan And was it ineffective bc not enough like NTOC or too close to offense? @Susan_Hennessey @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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emptywheel @flyryan Which, I assume, is why @Susan_Hennessey used it. But does that also mean IAD ineffective? @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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emptywheel @flyryan Is the arg that IAD wasn't effective so it all needs to be NTOC? But doesn't that beg Q? @Susan_Hennessey @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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emptywheel @flyryan Right. I'm asking why we had to move all defense to that model. @Susan_Hennessey @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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emptywheel @flyryan Nothing's in IAD anymore per @Susan_Hennessey. It's Operations. But she used it as proof of value of merger @ncweaver @henryfarrell
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emptywheel @Susan_Hennessey You can't do a merger like that and claim NSA will "enhance" cybersecurity. It's not its job. @henryfarrell @ncweaver
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emptywheel @Susan_Hennessey Why wasn't having NTOC enough? Why hasn't it been doing defense better? @ncweaver's Q abt Dual_EC... @henryfarrell
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emptywheel @Susan_Hennessey Arg might be more persuasive if it tried to explain imperative. NSA's release on this was fluff. @henryfarrell @ncweaver
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