Things to Keep in Mind When You Read the Torture Report

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report will be released “in a matter of days,” a committee staffer told The Huffington Post. The report, a review of brutal CIA interrogation methods during the presidency of George W. Bush, has been the subject of a contentious back-and-forth, with U.S. intelligence agencies and the White House on one side pushing for mass redactions in the name of national security and committee staffers on the other arguing that the proposed redactions render the report unintelligible.

Should something emerge, here are some important caveats to keep in mind:

1) You’re not actually reading the torture report

2) The CIA got to cut out parts

3) Senate Democrats had their backs to the wall

4) The investigation was extremely narrow in its focus

5) The investigation didn’t examine who gave the CIA its orders, or why

6) Torture was hardly limited to the CIA

7) Senate investigators conducted no interviews of torture victims

8) Senate investigators conducted no interviews of CIA officials

9) In fact, Senate investigators conducted no interviews at all

10) Bush and Cheney have acknowledged their roles in the program

11) The report’s conclusion that torture didn’t do any good is a big deal

12) No one has been held accountable

Read the full article | The Huffington Post

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