Even More CIA Documents to Be Disclosed Monday

Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm

The deluge continues. Word comes that in response to pending requests from the American Civil Liberties Union, another tranche of CIA documents about Bush-era interrogations and detentions could be released as early as Monday. That’s on top this week’s release of the 2004 CIA inspector general’s report on torture; two additional documents requested by former Vice President Dick Cheney on the efficacy of torture; and a pile of additional Justice Department memoranda on the legality of all of this.

Expected Monday, as the result of Judge Alvin Hellerstein’s order: A previously-disclosed-but-redacted-to-the-point-of-uselessness presidential order from Sept. 17, 2001 authorizing the CIA to set up unacknowledged detention facilities around the world. The CIA first acknowledged the existence of that “black site” authorization in 2006. Chances are the document will remain heavily redacted, and ACLU attorneys indicate that they aren’t expecting to learn that much from it. But still.

Aside from that order, there are just a few more disclousres, like about 129 documents from the closed CIA inspector general files, including interview reports, cables, emails and more. And then about 138 documents from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel that the CIA insisted on classifying.  You know, light Labor Day reading.

Update: Oops. Apparently the presidential directive was never actually disclosed. Just acknowledged. My apologies.

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Comment posted August 27, 2009 @ 10:45 pm

Cheney needs to be tried and let the courts decide his guilt. I don't care if he is pardoned but I do care how history views this grave injustice carried out by the Bush administration. I cannot list one item that these two guys did that moved this country in the right direction.

Comment posted August 27, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

If I kidnapped someone a friend of a friend told me was a terrorist and detained and tortured them for 8 years, would I get arrested if I were caught? Just wondering :)

Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 12:19 am

And Cheney should still be prosecuted.

Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 12:24 am

Cheney, Bush, Libbey, Gonzalez, Yoo, Perle, and the rest of the crooks and liars should be waterboarded 183 times until they tell the truth. Then we'll find out how they would like it.
As for the C.I.A., I don't trust them to tell the truth now, any more than they did during their 1963 Dallas Coup d'etat.
For the real story, read “JFK and the Unspeakable, Why He Died and Why It Matters.”

Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 12:42 am

But don't you understand? The media and Cheney say TORTURE worked, so all is GOOD. Never mind that we committed war crimes — that's just a side effect of all the GOOD.

The law is the law
Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 12:43 am

Worth repeating: torture committed outside of the U.S. where someone dies is a capital offense. So not only should Yoo, Bybee, Bush, Cheny, Gonzales et al. be prosecuted, but they should face the death penalty.

As for Cheney's guilt being judged in court, sure, technically that's required. But you'll never convince me that his public “defense” of his conduct is anything but an admission of a capital felony for which he should be executed.

Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 12:48 am


Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 12:57 am

Sure the Document Dump comes now! The Daily Show, that goes through these papers with a magnifying glass and reports about the lies is off on vacation for Three Weeks.

It's called TIMING.

Playin Possum
Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 1:26 am

Keep going. Cheney should be hanged with Saddam's rope.

Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 3:46 am

Bush and Cheney have done enough to be prosecuted for about 10 different things that would have gotten anyone else life in prison or a firing squad. We have to make sure that we never allow any handful of people to run this country and its people into hurt and despair like these criminals have. Bush I and 2 and Cheney should all be stripped of “their” wealth and exiled. Maybe Dubai will take them.

Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 4:11 am

i am so upset,I got an email today about fur farms in china,skinning animals alive ,they alive 10 minutes after being skinned/ there is no god that let's this happen, it is horrible,Please use your forces to help stop these evil ungodly chinese people. A swiss journalist filmed an animal completely skinned alive for ten minutes,,oh,the grief to me. Cut one finger and feel the pain,imagine all your skin gone,,the awful pain,,HELP these animals. these people are evil….

Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 4:24 am

please help

Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 4:26 am

please help

Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 4:43 am

and Addington. Don't forget that sob.

Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 5:36 am

Are you saying that Cheney and Bush should be skinned as well? Other than that, I see no connection between your subject and the topic at hand.

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Comment posted August 29, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

Obviously, we now know that the President and Vice Presidents of this country, respectively, are above the law in all they do, and can continue to act in tgheir own best interests, rather than the for the people who were dumb enough to vote for them.

That's specifically directed at the uninformed who voted for Bush/Cheney the second time, when the first was simply stolen for them by the Supreme Court Of The United States.

At this rate, perhaps we don't deserve the world's respect George Bush trampled into the ground, at that.

Comment posted August 29, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

I totally agree. In addition, we need to prosecute Bush Administration officials for breaking the law so that we may deter other Presidents from flaunting their disregard for the Constitutiona and the law.

Comment posted August 30, 2009 @ 4:21 pm

How come every time investigation of torture becomes a possibility chaney and daughter come out of the closet and Start appearing on the news circuit. One wonders what they
Are afraid of. Could it be they know that a smoking gun exists ?

Comment posted August 30, 2009 @ 7:41 pm

When is former president bush gonna be brought up on some type of charges for what he has done to this nation. The war ( he tried to kill my father aired on tv for one quick second and was never played again i witnessed it and so did alot more people. A revenge war, thats what it started out as the lies told to get it started and the money made. To prove my point why the next morning after Obama won gas prices 3.75/4.00+ drop to 1.79 cents the bushes stole so much money for the 8 years he was president its crazy. And his father was so excited he wanted his other son to run which also ran on tv for a short second. The BUSHES arent prejudice they f'd everybody their motive is money and until the american people understand that we will be arguing about everything from health care, housing childcare,taxes money and they will continue to rape us divided we will not accomplish anything and we will never overcome this unless people stop worring about skin color and worry about life the Bushes of the world Know this when are you gonna know it.

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