December 09, 2014
The Obama Administration finally released the redacted 540-page summary of a still secret 6,000+ page report on CIA torture in the wake of 9/11. The tory it tells is not a pretty one.
Brutal methods that led to the deaths of captives were the order of the day, and George W. Bush about what they did and what it got them.
What did it get them? Not much as it turns out. The old adages about torture not being a reliable way to gather information and captives telling torturers what they think they want to hear to get them to stop , getting them very little usable intelligence.
To make matters worse, the CIA was to get intelligence that they actual ignored proven information that they got before the torture started simply because they considered pre-torture intelligence “throwaway” information.
And were trying to hold back the releases, claiming they were a threat to national security, no violence was reported in the wake of he release.
There was a lot of political intrigue surrounding the release too, though similarly there seems to be coming as a result of the release, and the CIA is still outraged that the torture has become a matter of public record.