New Mexicans weigh in on Bush/Cheney-era torture revealed by new Senate report

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A multi-year review of CIA interrogation techniques found that Bush-era interrogation programs, which included torture, did not work and operatives and those aware of the project purposefully misled the Congress and senior administration officials.

From the Washington Post‘s first report:

The 528-page document catalogues dozens of cases in which CIA officials allegedly deceived their superiors at the White House, members of Congress and even sometimes their own peers about how the interrogation program was being run and what it had achieved. In one case, an internal CIA memo relays instructions from the White House to keep the program secret from then-Secretary of State Colin Powell out of concern that he would “blow his stack if he were to be briefed on what’s going on.”…

The report’s central conclusion is that harsh interrogation measures, deemed torture by program critics including President Obama, didn’t work. The panel deconstructs prominent claims about the value of the “enhanced” measures, including that they produced breakthrough intelligence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and dismisses them all as exaggerated if not utterly false — assertions that the CIA and former officers involved in the program vehemently dispute.

Former US Ambassador Joe Wilson, who now lives in Santa Fe, weighed in on the Bush/Cheney processes to approve the program and their relentless efforts to justify torture programs.

New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence which released today’s report.

In July, the New York Times revealed that the CIA hacked into a private computer network used by Senate staffers conducting the CIA torture investigation.

The report by the agency’s inspector general also found that C.I.A. officers read the emails of the Senate investigators and sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department based on false information, according to a summary of findings made public on Thursday.

Senator Heinrich issued a sharp statement criticizing the CIA for spying on Senate staff and reaffirmed his commitment to working towards the issuance of the report, which became public today.

“As shocking as this is, our main focus must be releasing the committee’s study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. This was a dark and regrettable chapter in our country’s history and betrayed the American values of respecting and upholding the dignity and human rights of all people. The American people deserve a full accounting of what happened, so that they can come to terms with what has been done in their name.” – July 31, 2014

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