[THS] !!!! Feinstein Objects to CIA Torture Probe
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Tue Sep 1 13:14:31 CEST 2009
[with democrats like this.... this bitch should be turned to salt immediately]
Key Democrat Senator Objects to CIA Torture Probe
By Agence France-Presse
August 30, 2009 "Truthdig" -- A key Democratic senator Sunday criticized a US
Justice Department investigation into abusive CIA interrogations of Al-Qaeda
detainees as poorly timed, signaling broadening opposition to the probe.
Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, raised her objections in
a CBS television interview while former vice president Dick Cheney was blasting the
probe on Fox television as an outrageous political act.
Saying she, too, was horrified by a classified 2004 Central Intelligence Agency
report that detailed abusive interrogation practices, Feinstein said she understood
Attorney General Eric Holders reasons for ordering a review of the interrogation
However, I think the timing of this is not very good, Feinstein said.
She said the intelligence committee was already well along in conducting a bipartisan
total look at the interrogation and detention techniques used on so-called high
And candidly, I wish that the attorney general had waited, she said.
Every day something kind of dribbles out into the public arena. Very often it has
mistakes. Very often its half a story. I think we need to get the whole story together
and tell it in an appropriate way, she said.
A lot of things are being said Well, you know, torturing people is something that
we did, but on the other hand, it produced all kinds of incredible information, she
It did produce some information, but there is a great discrepancy, and I think a
good deal of error out there in what people are saying it did produce, she added.
The CIA inspector generals report, parts of which were released last week, detailed
the use of simulated drowning, mock executions, and threats of rapes of detainee
family members in the course of the interrogations at secret CIA sites overseas.
Cheney, who was deeply involved in devising the previous administrations
interrogation policies, said he would have no problem even with interrogations that
went beyond specific legal authorizations.
My sort of overwhelming view is that the enhanced interrogation techniques were
absolutely essential in saving thousands of American lives, in preventing further
attacks against the United States, in giving us the intelligence we needed to go find
Al-Qaeda, to find their camps, to find out how they were being financed.
Instead, he took aim at President Barack Obama for first assuring CIA officers they
would not be prosecuted and then washing his hands of Holders decision.
I think its an outrageous political act that will do great damage long term to our
capacity to be able to have people take on difficult jobs, make difficult decisions
without having to worry about what the next administrations going to say about it,
he said, in remarks first reported on Friday.
Cheney said he did not believe the investigation would be limited to CIA officers who
went beyond the authorities granted at the time by the Justice Department.
We had the president of the United States, President Obama, tell us a few months
ago there wouldnt be any investigation like this, that there would not be any look-
back at CIA personnel who were carrying out the policies of the prior administration.
Now they get a little heat from the left wing of the Democratic Party and theyre
reversing course on that, Cheney said.
The president is the chief law enforcement officer in the administration. Hes now
saying, well, this isnt anything that hes got anything to do with. Hes up on vacation
at Marthas Vineyard, and his attorney general is going back and doing something
that the president said some months ago they wouldnt do.
Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, defended Obamas approach as
being unbelievably bending in the direction of trying to be careful about what
happens to national security.
And in fact, I think there is a little bit of a tension between the White House itself
and the lawyers in the Justice Department as they see the law and as what their
obligation is, he said on ABC television.
And in a sense, thats good. Thats appropriate, because it shows that we have an
attorney general who is not pursuing a political agenda, but who is doing what he
believes the law requires him to do.
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