Report On U.S. Torture Techniques Will Show ‘Shocking Brutality’
The reason we are signatories to the Geneva Convention and why we “don’t” torture prisoners of war is because it makes our own citizens vulnerable when captured. It’s also not humane, in keeping with the kind of country we purport to be. I put “don’t” in quotes because we “do” torture, and we do so because Bush 43’s White House lawyers said it was okay to do so. But it’s not okay to do so.
Security concerns are complicating the release of a controversial report on “enhanced interrogations techniques,” with officials fearing the document could inflame the Arab Street and put Americans in danger.
The White House and the CIA are working on final redactions to a 481-page executive summary of the investigation, which was conducted by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee but boycotted by Republicans, who dispute its findings.
A congressional staffer said the report wouldn’t be ready for a “couple of weeks,” while the CIA said the declassification process should be finished by August 29th.
While an August release seems unlikely, putting the report out in early September might not be an option, as it would fall near the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — a day when terrorist groups typically attempt to strike, as they did two years ago in Benghazi, Libya.
Officials have made clear the release date is a sensitive matter, as Democrats claim the report documents “shocking” brutality during the George W. Bush administration.
The CIA should be concerned about what’s in this report. So should all Americans. If we want to be a beacon of liberty and freedom, we cannot be torturing anyone. Ever. Besides being inhumane, it doesn’t even achieve the intended result of providing actionable intelligence.