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CIAWednesday, December 24, 2014

Effective Oversight of the CIA Depends on Congress | Tobias Gibson

Effective Oversight of the CIA Depends on Congress By Tobias Gibson, NSN Non-Residential Senior Fellow December 24, 2014 | The Washington Post In a recent piece here on The Monkey Cage,  Michael Colaresi discussed the need for change in oversight of the CIA and by extension the entirety of the intelligence community. He suggests that in the wake of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture issued Dec. 9, “current and former CIA officials, as well as President Obama, seem bent on missing the relevant lessons to improve governance of national security. The CIA needs more, not less, oversight” (my emphasis). He then offers details–based on his recent book Democracy Declassified, which I highly recommend—of the benefits of this additional oversight: …democracies with strong oversight of national security policy… Read More ›

CIAtortureFriday, December 12, 2014

CIA’s Reaction to Torture Report Demonstrates Need for Accountability

The release of the executive summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s (SSCI) 6,700-page report on the CIA’s use of torture during the Bush Administration has generated a new flurry of controversy. Yesterday, CIA Director John Brennan gave a rare press conference to address the report. The release has stirred up Bush Administration officials and other conservatives who have come to the defense of the program and claimed that the report is partisan or not thorough enough. These critics fail to engage with the facts of the report, which demonstrate conclusively that torture was ineffective and damaging to U.S. national security. Policymakers now must act to prevent this dangerous lapse in American values from ever occurring again. The CIA torture program damaged U.S. national… Read More ›

CIAtortureThursday, December 11, 2014

Paul Eaton Discusses CIA Torture Report on Newsmax

Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton: Torture Endangers National Security December 11, 2014 | Newsmax “[W]e are not involved in situational ethics … and what we expect our soldiers to do is to obey the law and obey their training,” said Eaton. “We have our values and we will treat prisoners with the appropriate safeguards that we teach our every young soldier going through basic training,” he said, citing the Army’s field manual on intelligence and interrogation of detainees. To see the full interview, click here. Read More ›

CIAGuantanamotortureWednesday, December 10, 2014

Senate Report Debunks CIA Defense of Torture Program

Senate Report Debunks CIA Defense of Torture Program Yesterday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released the 528-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the use of torture by the CIA under the Bush Administration. The damning report, based on millions of pages of CIA documents reviewed by the committee, demonstrates conclusively that the enhanced interrogation program was ineffective and ill-conceived from the start. It roundly debunks claims by the CIA that the program led to critical intelligence and notes that the CIA misrepresented the program to Congress. Instead, the use of torture has left Americans less safe.  Releasing the report “is really about American values and morals,” Sen. Feinstein said yesterday. “It’s about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, our rule of law.… Read More ›

CIAtortureWednesday, December 10, 2014

John Bradshaw Addresses Reactions to the CIA Interrogation Report on C-SPAN

Reaction to the CIA Interrogation Report December 10, 2014 | C-SPAN John Bradshaw reacted to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report detailing the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Among other topics he discussed what stood out most to him about the report, the timing of the report’s release, and evidence and legal justification for and against calling the program “torture.”     To watch the full interview with C-SPAN host Greta Wodele Brawner, click here.    Read More ›

CIAtortureTuesday, December 9, 2014

John Bradshaw Discusses CIA Torture Report on Background Briefing with Ian Masters

The Polarized Reaction to the Torture Report December 9, 2014 | Background Briefing with Ian Masters We begin with the release of post-9/11 torture and rendition report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence which has been held up for years and is heavily redacted. John Bradshaw, the Executive Director of the National Security Network joins us to discuss the partisan political divide in response to the report as Republicans, with the exception of Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, defend torture and those that perpetrated it, while Democrats and the White House defend the report and the need to make it public. We will also examine why the author of the legal justification for the Bush Administration’s use of torture, John Yoo, was not… Read More ›

CIAtortureTuesday, December 9, 2014

Statements from National Security Network on CIA Torture Report

JTF Guantanamo photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth, 6/9/10   In response to today’s release of the declassified Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) report on CIA use of torture during the Bush Administration, NSN Executive Director John Bradshaw and NSN Senior Advisor Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton (Ret.) have each issued statements. NSN Executive Director John Bradshaw issued the following statement: Defenders of the enhanced interrogation program are trying to re-write history and portray it as a well-thought out, carefully legally-vetted plan carried out by CIA experts. In fact, the CIA had no expertise in this kind of interrogation and turned to rogue psychologists to slap together an approach based on the SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) training provided to U.S.… Read More ›

CIAThursday, March 13, 2014

LETTER: NSN Signs on Letter to Hold CIA Accountable

CIA Should be Held Accountable for Interference with Senate Committee’s Work By Joe Newman March 12, 2014 | POGO President Obama should declassify a U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices and end any attempts by the CIA to obstruct congressional oversight, a coalition of groups with diverse interests and ideologies said today in a letter to the president. The CIA should be held accountable for any criminal violations or other improper conduct, including its surveillance of computers used by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the letter said. On Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the committee, detailed the CIA’s surveillance and additional agency interference with the committee’s work… To continue reading, click here. Read More ›

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