The Obama Administration finally made semi-good on its promise of transparency surrounding CIA torture today, releasing (PDF) a 540-page redacted summary of the 6,000+ page torture report compiled by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Contrary to previous reports about the content, the summary does contain the word torture several times, mostly in reference to the Convention Against Torture, and to CIA arguments that what they were doing in violation of this was still worth it from their perspective.
Officials who opposed the release were long warning it would provoke a backlash if the world knew what the CIA did, and US embassies the world over are ratcheting up security for the reaction.
The Pentagon is also making preparations, putting thousands of Marines on high alert across the Middle East and Africa for potential operations that may be launched after the release.
The political battle-lines related to torture are already being drawn, with then-President George W. Bush making public his support for everything the CIA did back then, dubbing them “patriots” and insisting releasing a report was “way off base.”
Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D – CA) issued a statement on the release, while the Republican minority on the committee issued their own 167-page condemnation of the 540-page summary of the 6,000+ page report, which despite being unclassified, was itself subject to heavy redaction.
Analysts the world over are pouring over the summary today, and will doubtless have compelling insight into what it means. The first sites likely to break with such analysis are emptywheel.net and The Intercept. Other links will be added as they become available.
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