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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 09:34 PM
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CIA Never Bothered to Assess Whether Their Tortures Were Effective or Necessary
CIA reportedly declined to closely evaluate harsh interrogations
Current and former U.S. officials say the failure to carefully examine the value of 'enhanced' methods like waterboarding -- despite calls to do so as early as 2003 -- was part of a broader trend.



6:29 PM PDT, April 25, 2009

LAT -- The CIA used an arsenal of severe interrogation techniques on alleged Al Qaeda prisoners for nearly seven years without ever seeking a rigorous assessment of whether the methods were effective or necessary, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

The failure to conduct a comprehensive examination occurred despite calls to do so as early as 2003. That year, the agency's inspector general circulated drafts of a report that raised deep concerns about waterboarding and other methods, and recommended a study by outside experts on whether they worked.

. . . neither the inspector general's report nor the other audits examined the effectiveness of interrogation techniques in detail, or sought to scrutinize the assertions of CIA counter-terrorism officials that so-called enhanced methods were essential to the program's results. One report by a former government official -- not an interrogation expert -- was about 10 pages long and amounted to a glowing review of interrogation efforts.

"Nobody with expertise or experience in interrogation ever took a rigorous, systematic review of the various techniques -- enhanced or otherwise -- to see what resulted in the best information," said a senior U.S. intelligence official involved in overseeing the interrogation program.

As a result, there was never a determination of "what you could do without the use of enhanced techniques," said the official . . .


read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-interrogate26-2009apr26,0,5771981.story


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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 09:40 PM
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1. That isn't the crime...the whole act of torture was whether
they evaluated the results or their own asses. Torture is a crime, evaluated or not.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 09:44 PM
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2. this is important
. . . in countering the defense that there was some benefit to the tortures, and in countering the argument that the tortures were exclusively necessary.
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-25-09 10:01 PM
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3. My gawd, this just gets more and more disgusting.
Was the CIA full of sadists just waiting for a green light to indulge their perversions?
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