Tortured Reports

There are some problems with the apparent leak of the Senate torture report findings summary. I’m going to point those out and then flip the whole thing on its head to what I really want to discuss, mostly the bigger domestic picture as it relates to intelligence community abuse of power in general.

Watch, it’ll be fun.

First we have a recent Guardian article about when the CIA torture program ended:

More suspected terrorists underwent the agency’s post-9/11 treatment, which largely lasted from 2002 to 2006, than the CIA has publicly admitted, according to the report’s findings, which were first reported by McClatchy.


But McClatchy doesn’t modify with largely or similar:

The findings are among the report’s 20 main conclusions. Taken together, they paint a picture of an intelligence agency that seemed intent on evading or misleading nearly all of its oversight mechanisms throughout the program, which was launched under the Bush administration after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and ran until 2006.


So…definitely 2006, then. Let’s make sure by checking out what the alleged leaked Senate report findings say:


The CIA’s Rendition and Interrogation program ended by 2006 due to legal and oversight concerns, unauthorized press disclosures and reduction in cooperation from other nations.


Yep. “Heck, it might have been sooner. ‘…by 2006,’ we said. We Senators just can’t be sure what with being beside ourselves with all those legal and oversight concerns. Hand wringing is so distracting.”

Ok, ok, Senator, calm down. Pardon me while I just fact-check you with prior statements made on the subject:

Reminding citizens that interrogation techniques became ‘enhanced’ after 911, Leon Panetta stated that those practices being questioned ended in January [2009].



Some timeline issues there from someone. Watch for Panetta or another senior official to be trotted out and twist the English language into pretzels explaining what was meant by whom.

Now let’s see what else the findings say.


Oh. Just did it all on their own. Defied the White House. Misinformed them. And DoJ. And Congress. And the press.

Who the f— does CIA work for again?

It’s not acceptable to come along eight or five years later and say, “We didn’t know.” It’s your f—ing job to know, oversight…White House.

This is one of the problems. They just don’t want to officially know. They pretend it’s in everyone’s best interests that we break the rules and so they make sure that they are intentionally farasyoucantell ignorant of the truth in order to protect themselves if something goes wrong.

The fact that they continue to defend overly intrusive NSA practices, and can’t exactly deny they exist since we’ve seen many in print thanks to Snowden, says that they really aren’t all that into “legal.” It’s about protecting the Deep State and the cash cows the monstrosity manages to crap out periodically that benefit the few right people at the expense of all the rest/wrong ones.

This is why I say what I say in the “Activist’s Primer to Counter-Intelligence.” *

And going back to what was said above about end dates for programs, I’ve pointed out proof that MKULTRA did not end in the 60s as we were told. Might have been renamed, what difference does that make? It’s misleading and intentionally so in order to make the American people think it was some fluke, a mistake. “Oh, those silly kids with their drug and radiation experiments. Just trying to protect. They overdid it! Aw, aren’t they cute and patriotic? And they stopped and started behaving before…uh…before I was elected…yeah.”

The point seems to be that without a Snowden and a Greenwald or a Hammond and then a Brown to sift the stuff to make some sense of it, we just don’t find out the truth. At all. This was one of Barrett’s points in the blog post, “Not All Propaganda is Equal.” [5]

If the CIA and NSA {and I haven’t even begun to parse some of FBI’s latest such as working with JSOC overseas} are willing to abuse their powers, and then lie about it or get most of our government to lie for them, how much more so a private contractor who is–at least!–an additional layer removed from oversight? Who might be on the one hand privy to the nation’s biggest secrets and working for large law firms to secretly attack and neutralize peaceful, legal, democratic processes?

There is no freedom here if even the least among us are denied it.


The Guardian, “CIA and White House under pressure after Senate torture report leaks,” Spencer Ackerman, 11 April 2014:


McClatchyDC, “CIA’s use of harsh interrogation went beyond legal authority, Senate report says, Ali Watkins, Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor, 11 April 2014:


DocumentCloud, unknown, 11 April 2014:

By the way, Feinstein is reportedly referring this leak to the DoJ.


Charisse Van Horn

The Examiner, “CIA torture investigation: Leon Panetta responds,” 25 August 2009:


“Not All Propaganda is Equal,” Barrett Brown, 30 May 2012:

* There’s a link up top if you haven’t checked it out yet, and I’ve added a few comments in there recently, such as Shaffer’s comment about technology being far ahead of where the American public thinks it is, and that we don’t know how it’s being used. This was in the context of Romas/COIN, but he is clearly making a more general statement.

On that note, I also updated the post below regarding what I like to call the FBI/CIA/DoD Cookbook, “How to Bake an Undesirable’s Brain Using 40+ Year Old Technology.”


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