The Senate Intelligence Committee’s $40 million investigation of the CIA (that involved no CIA directors or interrogators) culminated yesterday in the release of a 545 page executive summary (the complete report is 6000+pages so you can’t expect anyone to read that).
I can summarize it for you in far fewer words: America conducted what Diane Feinstein considers illegal torture techniques such as waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and death threats against Taliban operatives captured following that World Trade center “incident” that led to our National Day of
Remembrance Service. That makes us as bad as they are. Somehow.
In a speech in the Senate, moments after the report was released Tuesday morning, Ms. Feinstein described the tumultuous history of her investigation and called the C.I.A. interrogation program “a stain on our values and our history.”
Oh no! Not a stain on our collective milk bottle! Sister Mary Katherine will be very upset with us.
In the world of morally equivalency, that’s about as bad as it gets. So what punishment for our horrendous crimes will be meted out?
The White House today deflected any questions about who, if anyone, should be held accountable, saying those decisions are up to the Department of Justice.
As a senior administration official explained, “It's not our place to insert ourselves in that process.” (ed. Unlike incidents where cops act stupidly, in which case it is our place)
Butt apparently the DOJ has already reviewed and decided not to prosecute:
The Justice Department has already conducted a three-year review of the interrogation program and decided not to bring any criminal charges.
In August 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder explained in part that “the department has declined prosecution because the admissible evidence would not be sufficient to obtain and sustain a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt.”
President Obama, who banned torture shortly after taking office, has pledged not to prosecute those who carried out the enhanced interrogation techniques, saying “nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.”
Butt I get it, they put panties on their heads!
So why, after $40 million and 6000 pages will there be no charges brought, no prosecution pursued, no accountability extracted for all this moral outrage? Oh wait, because…
“What difference at this point does it make!”
So now that we’ve smeared the CIA, endangered American personnel at home and abroad, let’s just put that evil genie back in the bottle and work on polishing up our image.