The CIA Tortured People, Or How We Find Out That They Are Who We Thought They Were

Anyone at all familiar with the CIA’s history—which is a sort of horse race between incompetence and corruption—cannot be surprised by this report.



The Central Intelligence Agency ran a brutal torture regime in the ‘aughts, according to this long-delayed Senate Intelligence Committee report on the spy agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.

Keep in mind that this is only an executive summary of the full report, and yet still clocks in at a whopping 525 (often redacted) pages. If you want a real basic summary, well, what Drum said:

The torture was far more brutal than we thought, and the CIA lied about that. It didn’t work, and they lied about that too. It produced so much bad intel that it most likely impaired our national security, and of course they lied about that as well. They lied to Congress, they lied to the president, and they lied to the media. Despite this, they are still defending their actions.

There’s a lot more, of course. If you want more background on how the…

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