CIA Torture Program Was Brutal And Ineffective

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On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its 528-page executive summary on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. The report is scathing, noting that the program was harsh and ineffective. The summary reveals that individuals who were subjected to torture (euphemistically referred to as “enhanced interrogation techniques”), often yielded no intelligence, or they provided false intelligence to their captors. Furthermore, the study finds that the CIA frequently lied about the program’s effectiveness. In addition, the agency routinely downplayed the brutality of the program.

The enhanced interrogation techniques amounted to torture, plain and simple. Detainees were slammed into walls, deprived of sleep for periods as long as a week at a time, and subjected to ritual humiliations like “rectal feedings.” At times, CIA officers threatened to harm detainee’s children or to sexually abuse or murder their mothers. Some detainees were waterboarded until they nearly drowned.

The CIA detained at least 119 individuals. At least 39 of the detainees were victims of CIA torture techniques. Of the 119 detainees, at least 26 were “wrongfully held” and should not have been subjected to detention. The program was counterproductive, damaging America’s reputation in the world, while yielding little, if any, useful intelligence about terrorist operations overseas.

The report details a program that was nothing short of barbaric in its treatment of detainees. Many members of Congress do not want the details of the program to be publicized because they fear an international backlash. However, there is no reason violations of human rights committed by the United States should be exempt from scrutiny. The best way to prevent future atrocities in our name is to shine the light on past abuses and to resolve not to commit similar crimes against humanity ever again.

The shameful conduct of The CIA during the immediate post 9-11 era, further underscores the failure of the Bush administration to promote an effective foreign policy response to terrorism. Bush’s legacy is that he will be remembered for falsifying intelligence to launch war on Iraq and that he presided over a CIA that committed flagrant abuses of human rights in our name.

10 Replies to “CIA Torture Program Was Brutal And Ineffective”

  1. Parts of the CIA are the scum of the earth. The US has been running schools for torturers for decades since the late 1940’s…Many of the worst monsters of the South American dictatorships learned their trade right here in the USA right down in North Carolina.

  2. I do not think Dubya had the backbone to do anything about it, I think Cheney was right behind it, I think Cheney is an evil monster who is also a coward, he had five deferments during Viet Nam, always thinking of a new reason not to fight, ever since then he has proven himself to be a cowardly monster, always wanting others to do disgusting things (think Valerie Plame) and he always manages to have the blame put on others.

  3. For those of us who lost family members in the attacks on 9/11, and those of us who lost family members and friends who joined the military afterwards, we would like to give a message to the rest of the world:

    Waterboarding isn’t torture; it’s just baptizing the terrorists with freedom, and if you ask us, then we say, “Baptize the little prick again.”

    These torture methods did, in fact, help to gather intelligence on Al Qaeda, and many of it’s top leaders.

    In fact, waterboarding and sleep deprivation were used as methods of interrogation in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

    They may well be inhumane, and, in certain cases, flat out unnecessary. But the fact of the matter is that, if having to be inhumane and cruel at times is the cost of saving millions of lives, then we need to do what we need to do.

  4. now if the dem minority in the senate took the time to do hearings on a real scandal of the former prez, vp, rice, gonzales, rummy’s war crimes, then we might have something. but of course to the foxbots and the rest of the low info regressives, only benghazi is reality, even though it wasnt nor ever was.

    more proof the gop.tp.kochs.fox are the real enemy of the usa.

  5. Am I right in assuming you would feel the same when our men and women in the service are captured? after all how can we expect anything less?

  6. I just want to thank DiFi for dropping this little nugget on the warmongers before it got swept completely under the mat. It makes it easy to tell who has an active sadistic streak in them just by the reaction. We can start with “Crash Cart Cheney” and work from there. Interesting to note that the one person who can speak from experience, not just a bunch of what if’s and maybes and “we’re just doing it to save lives”, Sen. McCain endorses the report. As Bob Boze Bell once said “nuff said”.

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