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December 9, 2014
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(wtfrly) Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its long awaited (watered down) “study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation program”, nicknamed the torture report. Despite being heavily redacted, the report carried much political fanfare as it focused on intelligence practices following the September 11th attacks, which Republicans saw as an attack on the Bush administration.
One can search the internet for the different distorted varieties, the winner was one awesome Fox News host named Andrea Tantaros who reminded everyone that American exceptionalism is all that matters.
Quotes from Fox News host Andrea Tantaros
“The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome”
“But we’ve had this discussion. We’ve closed the book on it, and we’ve stopped doing it. And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome.”Watch the clip below:
“They apologized for this country, they don’t like this country, they want us to look bad. And all this does is have our enemies laughing at us, that we are having this debate again”
“Because they believe if we can just shame ourselves and convince the world how horrible we are, and put us on a moral equivalency with all these other countries then maybe they will stop beheading Americans and putting our heads on sticks. They’re fools.”
The report found that the CIA lied about the effectiveness of torture in relation to gathering of critical intelligence and was responsible for misleading both the government and the public.
Quotes from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
“At no time did the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques lead to the collection of imminent threat intelligence, such as the hypothetical ‘ticking time bomb’ information that many believe was the justification for the use of these techniques.”
“The study details how the CIA used inaccurate information to obtain legal and policy approval to use the CIA’s ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’”
“The CIA deployed individuals without relevant training or experience. CIA also deployed officers who had documented personal and professional problems of a serious nature — including histories of violence and abusive treatment of others — that should have called into question their employment, let alone their suitability to participate in the sensitive CIA program.”
“CIA detainees at one detention facility, described as a dungeon, were kept in complete darkness and constantly shackled in isolated cells with loud noise or music and only a bucket to use for human waste. Lack of heat at the facility likely contributed to the death of a detainee. At times, detainees were walked around naked and shackled with their hands above their head. At other times, naked detainees were hooded and dragged up and down corridors while being slapped and punched.”