September 1st, 2009

Chris Keeley


No wonder Dick Cheney and his daughter are acting so desperate!

August 25, 10:11 AM, 2009
Seven Points on the CIA Torture Report
By Scott Horton <>
     (For detailed information about Scott Horton, click on that Harpers URL.)

You can catch my review of the CIA Inspector General John Helgerson’s report on BBC’s “The World” <>  or on MSNBC’s Live with Carlos Watson today at 11 ET. Here, in the meantime, are seven points that I draw from it:

The worst is yet to come. Yesterday the CIA released a fresh copy of the report with roughly half of the “case study” discussion now unmasked. But context and placement suggest that the material that remains concealed contains some of the worst discussion of abuse in the report. The heavy redactions start around page 25, and the redactions cover discussion of the origins of the program and the approval process, as well as the discussion of specific prisoners, notably Abu Zubaydah, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, and Khalid Shaikh Mohammad. Although cases in which the guidelines provided by the Justice Department were exceeded have been discussed, it’s likely the case that the still blacked-out passages cover instances where Justice gave a green light but the conduct was so gruesome that CIA wants to keep it under wraps. That means we haven’t heard the last of the Helgerson report, and further disclosures are likely.
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