The “CIA Torture Report” is Partisan Fiction
The so-called “CIA Torture Report”, actually entitled “Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” was prepared only by the Democratic members of that committee. The Republican members refused to endorse it and in fact released their own minority response to the report . An extraordinary op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal from three former CIA Directors and three former CIA Deputy Directors explains why the purported report is merely a partisan hack-job:
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Central Intelligence Agency detention and interrogation of terrorists, prepared only by the Democratic majority staff, is a missed opportunity to deliver a serious and balanced study of an important public policy question. The committee has given us instead a one-sided study marred by errors of fact and interpretation—essentially a poorly done and partisan attack on the agency that has done the most to protect America after the 9/11 attacks.
How did the committee report get these things so wrong? Astonishingly, the committee’s staff avoided interviewing anyone who had been involved in establishing or running the program, the first time a supposedly comprehensive Senate Select Committee on Intelligence study has been carried out in this way.
We can only conclude that the committee members or staff did not want to risk having to deal with data that did not fit their construct. Which is another reason why the study is so flawed. What went on in preparing the report is clear: The staff picked up the signal at the outset that this study was to have a certain outcome (emphasis added- OBS), especially with respect to the question of whether the interrogation program produced intelligence that helped stop terrorists. The staff members then “cherry picked” their way through six million pages of documents, ignoring some data and highlighting others, to construct their argument against the program’s effectiveness.
In the intelligence profession, that is called politicization.
In the 13 years since the most deadly single foreign attack on the U.S. in the country’s history, al Qaeda has not managed another attack on the homeland, despite a strong desire to do so. The CIA’s aggressive counterterrorism actions are responsible for that success. Ex-CIA Directors: Interrogations Saved Lives George J. Tenet, Porter J. Goss, Michael V. Hayden, John E. McLaughlin, Albert M. Calland & Stephen R. Kappes Wall Street Journal 12/10/14
With the above summary as an introduction, it is well worth any patriot’s time to go and read the full article. To allow only the mainstream media’s reporting on the flawed report to inform our discussion does a grave disservice to the brave members of the Central Intelligence Agency. – Grizzly Joe