Senate’s CIA Probe Already Finished Looking at Two Detainees

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Monday, April 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm

In a just-released letter urging President Obama not to make any public pronouncements about who should and shouldn’t be prosecuted for torture until the Senate intelligence committee completes its review of the CIA’s interrogation and detention program, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s chairwoman, released an interesting piece of information:

A study of the first two detainees has already been completed and will shortly be before the committee.

I’m not entirely clear on who “the first two detainees” are, but if Feinstein means the first two detainees to have been subjected to the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation program,” at least one of them is Abu Zubaydah, the al-Qaeda detainee captured in Pakistan in 2002 whom had his very own interrogation regimen designed for him and approved by the Office of Legal Counsel. It’s also unclear if there will be any public hearings about the CIA program as the committee continues its review.

Here’s Feinstein’s full letter:

Dear Mr. President:

I am writing to respectfully request that comments regarding holding individuals accountable for detention and interrogation related activities be held in reserve until the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is able to complete its review of the conditions and interrogations of certain high value detainees.

This study is now underway, and I estimate its completion within the next six to eight months. A study of the first two detainees has already been completed and will shortly be before the committee.

Sincerely Yours,

Dianne Feinstein

United States Senator

Phil Zelikow, a former top aide to ex-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and staff director of the 9/11 Commission, made the same point in a Shadow Government post today.

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Comments

5 Comments

Dinah Kudatsky
Comment posted April 20, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

We need this investigation of Bush administration crimes. And we need to prosecute those who subverted the Constitution. You can't put a bandaid over an abcess.


Hawaiian style
Comment posted April 21, 2009 @ 1:40 am

Hey whats the problem…

So we waterboarded one man 6 times a day. We only did it 180 times. He probably got used to it anyway.

The world will get over it if they don't like it, we are the US after all. Actually the world probably cheers on the US for having the guts to drop all that humane treatment and Geneva Convention stuff any way.

NOT!!!!

We have shown that even a Nation of Law, that we once were, can slip. Where the fear, motivation, or political considerations override our Laws, our morals, our creed, the American way we let our political leaders drag us down into the muck. And, Congress followed meekly along.

Now we have a last chance to show the world that this was an aberration. If A.G. Holder has the guts to appoint a special prosecutor we can survive this nightmare and again become a Nation of Law. If he cannot we will be branded a do as I say not as I do nation for as long as the world remembers.

We can still be proud Americans whose nation is a nation of law. Its up to Mr. Holder.

Please sir, please……………


Hawaiianstyle
Comment posted April 21, 2009 @ 8:40 am

Hey whats the problem…

So we waterboarded one man 6 times a day. We only did it 180 times. He probably got used to it anyway.

The world will get over it if they don't like it, we are the US after all. Actually the world probably cheers on the US for having the guts to drop all that humane treatment and Geneva Convention stuff any way.

NOT!!!!

We have shown that even a Nation of Law, that we once were, can slip. Where the fear, motivation, or political considerations override our Laws, our morals, our creed, the American way we let our political leaders drag us down into the muck. And, Congress followed meekly along.

Now we have a last chance to show the world that this was an aberration. If A.G. Holder has the guts to appoint a special prosecutor we can survive this nightmare and again become a Nation of Law. If he cannot we will be branded a do as I say not as I do nation for as long as the world remembers.

We can still be proud Americans whose nation is a nation of law. Its up to Mr. Holder.

Please sir, please……………


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