Monday, December 15, 2014

The Torturers and their enablers are sick !

Trevor Timm
December 10, 2014   The Guardian
(posted by Duane Campbell)

The revelations in the Senate Committee's Torture Report make it the most disturbing scandal in recent U.S. history. The number of different crimes committed by the CIA and documented by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s committee is truly extraordinary. But, for the Obama Administration, the CIA torture scandal can't end fast enough. But torture is a war crime and the architects must be held accountable to ensure this rampant criminality never happens again.

Every one expected the Senate’s CIA torture report to be shocking. But I’m not sure anyone – except maybe the torturers and the tortured – was really prepared for the depravity and sheer lack of humanity laid out in the 580 pages released on Tuesday morning in Washington. It is, in many ways and in the starkness of all those footnotes, the most disturbing scandal in recent American history.
The amount of different crimes committed by the CIA and documented by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s committee is truly extraordinary. Not only does the report detail the systematic torture of dozens of detainees – which included sexual assault, rape and homicide – but the amount of times the CIA allegedly obstructed justice, committed perjury and made false statements is hard to even count. The breaking of laws almost catches up with the breaking of bones, minds and bodies. (By the way, the Washington Post has helpfully put together a graphic with all of former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden’s lies to Congress – the documented ones, at least – should the Justice Department like to press perjury charges anytime soon.)

But while it’s doubtful an Obama administration that still somehow stands by the CIA has the guts to uphold the law at this point, as Bloomberg’s Josh Rogin and Eli Lake reported, the report’s “real impact could be felt in courtrooms across the globe in the months and years to come”.

This is the actual reason why the CIA fought so hard for so many months to have all of the names of countries participating in American torture get redacted. The agency wasn’t worried about “serious damage” to its agents or partners – it’s worried about the architects and perpetrators of torture getting arrested abroad.
Read the entire post. From Portside.

[Trevor Timm is a Guardian US columnist and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit that supports and defends journalism dedicated to transparency and accountability. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorTimm]

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