It is fascinating to note that whereas the Republicans habitually lambast the U.S. Government not being able to do anything right as one of the major reasons to not support the healthcare bill, and to support the idea of smaller government doing less and less... Yet when it comes to the CIA or the military they assume it's all good.
If they are right that Government can be generally assumed to be a f--k up, then surely it stands to reason that the CIA and other security/military arms of the Government must be the same. We have already seen that countless millions of dollars just went missing in Afghanistan and Iraq and no one knows where. We saw the lack of intelligence or rather the false creation of it that led to the Iraq war.
Waste and lack of proper supervision would appear to be rampant so I have no doubt that much if not all of the CIA report just issued is accurate. The reason we have established the principle of "innocent until proven guilty" is because we know if it were otherwise the public would have no protection to the predilections of the average human way of thinking or acting. We would prefer a guilty man going free to an innocent man being locked up or electrocuted. Our checks and balances Government system is actually based entirely on our deep suspicion of power not supervised and checked upon.
The reality is the CIA by its very nature, just like the police, is prone to attract particular types of people who if not trained properly, or supervised properly may well push the bounds of what is acceptable to the point that it becomes a habit that IS acceptable. That is especially true when nationalism, patriotism and generally what is right or wrong become confused. In a world where the words "war", "terrorist" are bandied about with no connection to the actual meaning of the words we tend to generate opinions based on short sound bites not well thought out arguments where all sides are considered. When one operates in a secretive arena these facts become all the more dangerous.
It is totally understandable that ex CIA and current CIA chiefs will say that the report is inaccurate especially the part indicating that the torture did not achieve any results. However unless John Brennen was in the room when those torture events were happening he is being told either what he wants to hear, what his underlings THINK he wants to hear, or a long line of messages being passed up the line filtered along the way by what ever point of view the person has who is transmitting the information. In other words there is no earthly way for the head of the CIA to be 100% sure of a fact one way or another. History is pretty clear that lots of "facts" turned out to be false and many facts that were true never made it to the top in the first place. JUST LIKE in most organizations whether it be government or in large corporations.
In fact the CIA report is a validation of the Republican mantra against big government. I wish they were consistent in applying that mantra. As they are not I remain thinking of the Republicans as the "bought party" by one group of interests. The Democrats are bought by another but then it becomes a matter of the lesser of two evils.
I save that debate for another day.