Senate Intelligence Committee
Marcy Wheeler: I think that the people close to Cheney, they’re going to double down. John Rizzo, going to double down. Jose Rodriguez, they’re going to double down. And the reason they can do that is because the press is not going to hold them to account... I mean, that’s what happened the last time, and I do think that the people who really stake their reputation on torture aren’t going to back down. Because partly they can’t legally. Cheney should go down as a war criminal, but he’s going to do what he can to avoid getting that reputation, at least while he’s still alive.
Marcy Wheeler last month on CIA torture, comedic Senate oversight, and the presidential authorization for torture that we are not supposed to know about
Marcy Wheeler: If nothing else it demonstrates how ridiculous our oversight system is. Because here you have the people who are supposed to be overseen, who can make this case to avoid being overseen and it’s treated credibly... The point of fact is they’re trying to stall this torture report that shows that the torture didn’t work and they lied about it not working.
Scott Horton: Although, we’ve got to be careful how we define work, because I think...it does work perfectly when you’re trying to torture someone into pretending that Saddam Hussein taught him and his Al Qaeda buddies how to make chemical weapons.
Marcy Wheeler: Works like a charm if you’re trying to get detainees to say what you want. And that I think is the big secret, and I think that is the reason why ultimately Obama is offering a fair amount of protection to CIA, because the executive branch and the CIA like having this make-up-lies cover and they protect each other that way.
Also, published 3/13/14 at The Intercept: The White House Has Been Covering Up the Presidency’s Role in Torture for Years, by Marcy Wheeler. Read below the fold...
It comes as no surprise to at least some citizens that the CIA is an intelligence agency that operates outside US law and defies congressional oversight. Interestingly this week, one of its strongest and most consistent apologists, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has outrightly charged the CIA with perpetrating criminal behaviors.
From the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness....”Read below the fold...