With the release of the CIA torture report
, my phone's been ringing off the hook b/c as many of you know I have been a frequent and vocal critic of the "Enhanced Interrogation Technique" program, which I have long maintained is counter to American values; fundamentally inhuman; actually does detriment to our national security; and is ultimately ineffective in obtaining actionable or quality intelligence.
The summary of the Intelligence Committee's report on the program bears out much of this; is pretty damning in its assessment of CIA mismanagement and waste; but not at all surprising to me.
Anyway, I am turning down all interview requests b/c I've been busy reporting an actual segment - a kind of historical perspective of how we got here, starting with the pervasiveness of fear in the country, and panic within the Agency, in the wake of 9/11. The story, my first for America Tonight, will be on this evening at 9 pm. I hope some of you will watch or pass the info along to others.
For those who don't know AJAM has been kicking arse; getting excellent reviews (across the political spectrum); and has won several awards, including an Emmy.
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If you missed it, here is my interview
on Stipko Live
I did give one interview to AJ-English
earlier today - The above photo is a still from my FB page
, and a great comment from my friend Kayla.
On April 3, 2014, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted to send the Findings and Conclusions and the Executive Summary of its final Study on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program to the President for declassification and subsequent public release.
This action marked the culmination of a monumental effort that officially began with the Committee's decision to initiate the Study in March 2009, but which had its roots in an investigation into the CIA's destruction of videotapes of CIA detainee interrogations that began in December 2007.
The full Committee Study, which totals more than 6,700 pages, remains classified but is now an official Senate report. The full report has been provided to the White House, the CIA, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the hopes that it will prevent future coercive interrogation practices and inform the management of other covert action programs.
As the Chairman of the Committee since 2009,1 write to offer some additional views, context, and history.
I began my service on the Senate Intelligence Committee in January 2001. I remember testimony that summer from George Tenet, the Director of Central Intelligence, that warned of a possible major terrorist event against the United States, but without specifics on the time, location, or method of attack. On September 11, 2001, the world learned the answers to those questions that had consumed the CIA and other parts of the U.S. Intelligence Community. (More...)