Sunday, September 18, 2016

Truthdigger of the Week: Daniel Jones, the Senate’s Chief Investigator Into Torture by the CIA (from @Truthdig)

Truthdigger of the Week: Daniel Jones, the Senate’s Chief Investigator Into Torture by the CIA (from @Truthdig): Jones—who became a target of the CIA because he searched for the truth—this week spoke out for the first time. He has been a key force in the disclosure of a scandal that one senator compared to Watergate.
- 2016/09/17

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Tim Nolan said...

Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking the story or blowing the whistle. It is not a lifetime achievement award. Rather, we’re looking for newsmakers whose actions in a given week are worth celebrating.

In 2009, after long public outrage over allegations of torture and a New York Times report that a senior CIA official had destroyed videotapes that showed brutal interrogations, the U.S. Senate opened an investigation into the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program, conducted under the administration of George W. Bush.

The CIA had told Bush and the public that what it called “enhanced interrogation techniques”—among them waterboarding, prolonged standing and sleep deprivation—were necessary to protect national security.

With the cooperation of the CIA, Senate investigators began their work in the basement of a CIA building in Virginia. They were told that the computers they were given were not accessible by the CIA. In 2014, they concluded in a 525-page public summary of findings that the CIA had lied with abandon: The truth was torture didn’t beget information that could be used to thwart future attacks, interrogators’ methods were far worse than officials admitted, and the agency had routinely covered up its activities and impeded efforts to oversee them. The classified version of the report runs to 6,700 pages.

It also emerged that the CIA had conducted a secret counterinvestigation into the Senate investigators. In other words, the U.S. government’s intelligence and national security apparatus spied on Congress.