BREAKING: 2004 CIA Inspector General Torture Report’s Release Is Delayed AGAIN

Friday, June 26, 2009 at 12:51 pm

It was supposed to be a magical day: the day when, in response to an agreement reached in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Obama administration will declassify an important document in the history of its predecessor’s apparatus of torture. I refer to the 2004 inquest undertaken by ex-CIA Inspector General John Helgerson into the CIA’s interrogations and detentions programs. The Bush administration released an almost-totally-redacted version in May 2008, and despite the Obama administration’s pledge to disclose a more-detailed version of the document, it punted the disclosure a week ago Friday to today. “We can only hope that this delay is a sign that the forces of transparency within the Obama administration are winning over the forces of secrecy and that the report will ultimately be released with minimal redactions,” ACLU attorney Amrit Singh said last week. “The CIA should not be permitted to use national security as a pretext for suppressing evidence of its own unlawful conduct.”

Yeah, if only. The Obama administration won’t release the document today. According to the ACLU, it’s asked for a three-day reprieve. ACLU’s consented. Game Day is now supposed to be July 1.

Helgerson’s 2004 report is a crucial one. As disclosed through references in the footnotes of the 2005 Office of Legal Counsel memos, it documents how the agency took the OLC’s legal imprimatur for certain abusive interrogation techniques and expanded those techniques in practice to, among other things, waterboard Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 times, denying him sleep for a week by contorting his body into unnatural positions, and restrict his diet to between 1000 and 1500 calories a day. Marcy Wheeler has an excellent couple of posts about what torture questions the report should answer. And Helgerson, who recently retired from CIA, suffered for his work, tussling with former Director Michael Hayden, who attempted to limit his independence.

Maybe we’ll see the answers to those torture questions early next week, but it’s sure not looking good. I’ll have the government’s letter seeking the reprieve shortly.

UPDATE: Here’s the letter from the Justice Department:

US letter to Hellerstein p1

US letter to Hellerstein p2

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Comment posted June 26, 2009 @ 7:15 pm

It does not matter what the report alledges. Torture is against US and international law and there are no circumstances where it is premissible. Cheney and company belong in jail.

Comment posted June 26, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

the entire bush administration should be in jail. that are murders of their own people ie the Iraq invasion

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Comment posted July 4, 2009 @ 5:48 am

I certainly can understand why everyone is upset over the “torture” of our prisoners from the middle east. However, I cannot help but visualize the decapitation of our reporter a couple years back. We MUST remember the type of people we are dealing with. If we seem too “nice” to our captives from the middle east, they will only attack even harder than the 9/11 attack because they will know that we will do NOTHING ABOUT IT. Give me a break people! And what is this about taking God out of everything us Americans do?? schools? media? the pledge? what are you people thinking?? we must counteract the negativity of sex/violence from TV and the radio with a positive influence for our children and ourselves. Or do you just all want to go to HELL??? How can you complain about our soldiers praying for other dead soldiers? what is ICLU about? so far I have seen negative/bad things about you. please email me and tell me something positive about you and WHY you want to get rid of GOD??? I really would like to know!!

Comment posted July 9, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

This is getting old. The CIA is trying to cover up its illegal activities (aided by the right wingers in the Obama Administration). Of course the CIA doesn't feel that it has to obey Any US Laws.

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Comment posted August 25, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

This is a disgrace. The Obama administration wants to let our proven enemies go, those who would kill us all, who think we are unfit to live and they want to prosecute the ones who have protected us from them. Not to mention the allied countries that are named in this “secret” report. What a way to thank them for helping in the war on terrorism. Betrayal seems to be the watchword of Obama and his Whitehouse cronies.

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