I have now spent enough quality time with the SSCI interrogation report---and with minority views and the CIA response---that I am ready to begin commenting upon it. This is not to say I have finished reading it all; far from it. A plane flight to Israel and a lot of other hours have only gotten me started.
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Findings, Conclusions and Areas of Dispute Between the SSCI Report, the Minority, and the CIA: Part Five
Here is the fifth and final installment in our running, side-by-side comparison of the twenty findings and conclusions of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Study on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program---along with responses by the Committee Minority and the CIA.
Summaries of Study findings seventeen through twenty can be found below.
James Connell III, lawyer for 9/11 accused Ammar al-Baluchi, had this to say today:"The CIA and its defenders are using Mr. al Baluchi as a scapegoat for its illegal and reprehensible use of torture," said James Connell, civilian attorney for Mr. al Baluchi. "The United States spent incredible amounts of money, energy, and American credibility, and now the CIA is pointing at Mr. al Baluchi to justify its massive torture infrastructure."
Yesterday, as CIA Director John Brennan spoke about the release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Study of CIA Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, Senator Dianne Feinsten (D-CA) live tweeted her responses. You can find the full set of tweets from the Senate Intelligence Committee's Chairman below the break.
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Findings, Conclusions and Areas of Dispute Between the SSCI Report, the Minority, and the CIA: Part Four
In this post, we proceed with Lawfare's ongoing, side-by-side comparison of the SSCI Study's key findings, and responses to them by both the SSCI Minority as well as the CIA.
By way of reminder, the SSCI's Study made twenty findings and conclusions about the CIA's detention and interrogation practices after 9/11---twelve of which the blog has summarized so far, along with any corresponding Minority and CIA remarks.
A breakdown of findings 13-16 can be found below, the lone goal being to
At approximately 1:40 p.m., John Brennan, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will make a statement on the SSCI's detention and interrogation study. Here's the CSPAN video:
Here is the text of Brennan's remarks:
It was 8:46 a.m.
Findings, Conclusions and Areas of Dispute Between the SSCI Report, the Minority and the CIA: Part 2
Below, you will find the second installment in our ongoing effort to identify, in summary form, key areas of dispute as between the SSCI, the SSCI minority, and the CIA with regard the CIA's detention and interrogation program.
Here is the long-awaited Executive Summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program. The latter includes in a single file a foreword authored by Senator Feinstein, as well as the Study's findings and conclusions.
We expect the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman to address the chamber, and to discuss her Committee's long-anticipated study, sometime between 11 and 11:15.
A link to C-SPAN's coverage is here; the Washington Post's live feed is below. We will publish Senator Feinstein's remarks, if and when we see them in print.
Update: we have removed the live feed of Senator Feinstein's speech, which concluded this morning.
If press accounts are correct, we will soon have the long-awaited Executive Summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on the CIA detention program. The report itself, which has not been submitted for declassification, is massive, running some 6,000 pages and including about 37,000 footnotes. In preparing the report, the Committee and its staff apparently reviewed millions of pages of material, much of it classified. It is by far the most comprehensive study of the “enhanced interrogation program” ever undertaken. All indications are that the report and summary are exceedingly cri