This is actually unusual in that it wasn't done in the old fashioned arm twisting privately method.
Our government tortured people after 9/11, this is an indisputable fact.
The denials, obfuscation, delay tactics and outright lying about it since then do not change this fact and these are criminal acts, period.
If you, as an American citizen even briefly entertain the thought that there is no way they would ever do this to you I suggest you start believing differently right now.
Anyone reading this Blog is instantly considered a Domestic Terrorist or at the very least, a sympathizer by this same government and the only difference between a Domestic Terrorist and an Armed Combatant is whether or not you happen to have a pocket knife in your pants and checking a different box on a government form.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein to "consider" the timing of the expected release of a long-awaited report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques.Kerry called Feinstein to discuss the broader implications of the timing of publicly releasing a declassified summary of her committee's report "because a lot is going on in the world, and he wanted to make sure that foreign policy implications were being appropriately factored into timing," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday.She said Kerry during the call reiterated the support of the administration for the release of the report on detention and interrogation, but "he also made clear that the timing is of course her choice."These factors to consider "include our ongoing efforts against ISIL and the safety of Americans being held hostage around the world," Psaki said.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is poised to release early next week the first public accounting of the CIA's use of torture on al-Qaida detainees held in secret facilities in Europe and Asia in the years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.It will come in the form of a 480-page executive summary of the 6,200-page report by Democrats on the committee, who spent six years reviewing millions of secret CIA documents.
According to many U.S. officials who have read it, the document includes disturbing new details about the CIA's use of such techniques as sleep deprivation, confinement in small spaces, humiliation and the simulated drowning process known as waterboarding. President Barack Obama has acknowledged, "We tortured some folks."But the report goes much further than to simply condemn the brutal methods, which Obama banned in 2009 and were repudiated by the three most recent CIA directors. It alleges that the harsh interrogations failed to produce unique and life-saving intelligence. And it asserts that the CIA systematically lied about the covert program to officials at the White House, the Justice Department and congressional oversight committees.
So Kerry is pretty much still trying to forestall this getting into the hands of people who are very interested in
going over it line by line.
There is undoubtedly some very damning testimony,documentation, evidence and the timelines will be especially interesting .
What I really want you to understand about all of this, legal or not is that they learned things that under normal circumstances and color of law, that they should never, ever, have been able to do.
Techniques that were unheard of because the technology wasn't there before were tested and evaluated.
Medical professionals were employed to monitor victims of torture to be able to inform those doing the torturing just how far they could go before they went too far for even our own guidelines at the time which prohibited causing organ failure.
Stop and think about that last fact.
That was the legal red line that wasn't supposed to be crossed, causing so much pain and physical damage that internal organs would fail.
That pretty much left it wide open for even the most vile methods modern man could come up with and unfortunately, that red line was crossed on occasion anyway.
All of this is in that report and more because quite a bit of it is already public knowledge.
This is why Kerry and the rest of the administration do not want it released at all.
They know damn good and well that when our enemies find out what happened under the Bush administration it won't matter who is in charge over here because as the saying goes, payback is a bitch. You can bet the last shred of respect you ever had for our government that when this gets out that the recent unpleasantness over seas is going to get kicked up a few notches and those fanatics over in the Sand Box will have more than enough justification in their own eyes so that nothing is off the table if this is what we do to our prisoners here at home while talking out the other side of our mouth about justice, the land of the free and all those other quaint notions that no longer apply.
All this is going to happen while Obama is still in office and he has no stomach for what it's going to take
to deal with it as he is an admitted Muslim supporter and that is exactly who we were torturing, Muslims.
What they were actually doing was, practicing on the Muslims.
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Antidote To Tyranny.