Report: CIA Deputy Director Helped Cover Up Detainee Death

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Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 10:16 am

That’s a shocking account about Steve Kappes, then the powerful associate deputy CIA director for operations, provided by The Washington Post’s Jeff Stein in a new Washingtonian profile of the powerful and widely respected deputy director:

According to an internal investigation, [Kappes] helped tailor the agency’s paper trail regarding the death of a detainee at a secret CIA interrogation facility in Afghanistan, known internally as the Salt Pit.

The detainee froze to death after being doused with water, stripped naked, and left alone overnight, according to reports in the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. He was secretly buried and his death kept “off-the-books,” the Post said.

According to two former officials who read a CIA inspector general’s report on the incident, Kappes coached the base chief—whose identity is being withheld at the request of the CIA—on how to respond to the agency’s investigators. They would report it as an accident.

A CIA spokesman vigorously denied all aspects of that account to Stein, whose sources stand by it. I am filing a Freedom of Information Act request this morning for the CIA inspector general’s report allegedly implicating Kappes in the Salt Pit death.

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PNUT1
Comment posted April 1, 2010 @ 6:18 pm

I don't care what we do to terrorists to make them talk . It's a dirty business but it needs to be done, in case we've forgotten, these people want to kill us. All of us, including our families, women,children, and even our infidel pets. I don't give a damn what happens to these clowns when they get caught. Good job CIA, need help ?


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Rh.Z
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

Oh, they will talk alright. Talk and talk, providing worthless and potentially worthwhile info in huge numbers.

And we won't be able to distinguish one from the other. Hence, we would thus be led on wild goose chase after goose chase, learning nothing, and wasting resources.

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campbell
Comment posted April 3, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

PNUT1 is right, we should torture people and commit horrible human rights crimes against people who may or may not be terrorists, and glean useless information from them because after all, they're bad people, so who cares what happens to them, right? Just as long as I'm safe, I don't care what kind of atrocities are committed in my name.
I mean come on, just because Reagan made it illegal to torture people doesn't mean we actually have to follow the rules, or that torture has been proven by the Army to be useless. That's what American Exceptionalism is all about!
(By the way, a senior DHS Bush official has already confirmed that most of the people in Gitmo are innocent. So yes, the people whose deaths and torture you so callously call for are in fact just normal people.)


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