Leaked Report Says CIA Tortured Illegally; Feinstein's Mad Somebody Leaked It

Lowering the Bar:

Let me just break it down for you:
  • The CIA tortured people;
  • Even under to the DOJ's definition of "torture," it tortured people;
  • It lied about how many people it tortured;
  • It lied about how brutal the torture was;
  • It "avoided or impeded" congressional oversight;
  • It lied about whether the torture worked; and
  • The torture didn't work.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said she was absolutely outraged by this. And by "this," of course, she meant the leak. "If someone distributed any part of this classified report," she said, "they broke the law and should be prosecuted." (That goes double for the part about how none of the torturers have been prosecuted.)

Feinstein has also been outraged by recent revelations that the U.S. government has been spying on its own people. And by "people," of course, she meant "Dianne Feinstein."

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7 Responses:

  1. nooj says:

    Obama is missing out on so much good TV! He could stage a monumental Lonesome Dove moment where he goes personally to CIA Director John Brennan's office (and Feinstein's and Clapper's) and leads them out the door to to the gallows to be arrested. It would be the greatest display of Presidential power since Truman ended WWII. (I'm not defending Truman, let's keep this on Obama.)

    If Obama had done it in 2008 for the bankers who put him in power, he would be a God.

  2. nooj says:

    *George Tenet

  3. nooj says:

    Firedoglake: "The twenty findings in the report were leaked to McClatchy Newspapers last week, yet not a single Sunday morning news program spent any time discussing what the report’s findings further confirmed."

    Heartbreaking.

  4. MysterC says:

    Can I just say how happy I was to see the phrase "let me break it down..."

  5. Ian Young says:

    "Hans... Are we the baddies?"

    Robots blowing up citizens without trial, mass surveillance, oligarchy... Some might say "Ron Paul is Right!"

    Me? I say "Good god, Nicholas Cage really did steal the Constitution! We need to take it back!"

  6. bobo the hobo says:

    During the worst of the Bush years (ie, all of them) McClatchy (and to a slightly lesser extent Knight-Ridder) stood alone in maintaining any semblance of journalistic ethics. It's somewhat disheartening to see they are still alone.

    Feinstein makes the wrong choice every single time she is given the opportunity to make a choice. If the Republicans of California were not abject retards it would be possible for them to create a candidate who at least every north-of-King-City democrat in the state would vote for. But they are retards. And we are so very screwed.