White House And Senate Intelligence Committee Still Can't Agree On CIA Torture Report Redactions
from the release-the-whole-thing dept
We’ve been waiting quite some time for the government to finally get around to releasing parts of the $40 million 6,300 page CIA torture report, which will detail how the CIA committed torture, lied about it, and how that torture did nothing even remotely effective. As you may recall, the Senate Intelligence Committee, which wrote the report, voted back in April to declassify the 480-page “executive summary” which was written to be declassified. That is, the really secret stuff is buried in the other 6,000 pages or so. Given that, the expectation was that the exec summary would need minimal redactions. Of course, the White House asked the CIA to handle the redactions, and considering that the report makes the CIA look bad, the CIA suddenly became quite infatuated with that black redaction ink.
The report came back to the Senate Intelligence Committee with significant redactions, so much so that the Intelligence Committee declared it unacceptable and even argued that the choices in redactions made the report incomprehensible.
Since then there’s been back and forth fighting over it, with some reports suggesting that the (still redacted) report might finally come out in the next week or two. However, those plans are on hold, as apparently the White House and the Senate Intelligence Committeestill can’t agree on redactions, leading some to say the report won’t be released until November at the earliest.
Once again, we’re left wondering why the Senate Intelligence Committee won’t just go with plan B and release the damn thing themselves. All of this delaying only works to the CIA’s advantage. The CIA has no incentive at all to compromise and come to agreement on the redactions since it wants the report hidden. And, yes, the White House claims to want the report released and it’s got the final say over the CIA, but its actions to date have not suggested that the White House is particularly serious about getting this report out there.