Wednesday, December 10, 2014

White House and Republicans Clash Over C.I.A. Torture Report - Cheney : Torture “Absolutely, Totally Justified,”

Cheney once again tries on old, tired tough-guy Bushite double-down and admits, defends torture by murderering CIA as Bush war criminals dive for cover in finger-pointing circus; CNN hack Fareed Zakaria leads on-air MSM coverup blowfest (his U.S. visa must be up for renewal), claiming Bush did not know about torture evan as Bush "memoirs" document he in fact knew and approved everything while CIA operative Christiane Amanpour scrambles to cover for murdering monsters:  CNN whores now on air stating  "CIA, Bush administration did not lie,"      
By Mark Landler and Peter Baker


With the long-awaited Senate report on the use of torture by the United States government — a detailed account that will shed an unsparing light on the Central Intelligence Agency’s darkest practices after the September 2001 terrorist attacks — set to be released Tuesday, the Obama administration and its Republican critics clashed over the wisdom of making it public, and the risk that it will set off a backlash overseas.

War criminal Cheney tries on old "hide in plain
sight" tough guy act again, not realising he is not
Vice President anymore, no one fears him and he
is now going to PRISON
While the United States has put diplomatic facilities and military bases on alert for heightened security risks, administration officials said they do not expect the report — or rather the declassified executive summary of it that will be released Tuesday morning — to ignite the kind of violence that killed four Americans at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. 

Such violent reprisals, they said, tend to be fueled more by perceived attacks against Islam as a religion than by violence against individual Muslims. But some leading Republican lawmakers have warned against releasing the report, saying that domestic and foreign intelligence reports indicate that a detailed account of the brutal interrogation methods used by the C.I.A. during the George W. Bush administration could incite unrest and violence, even resulting in the deaths of Americans.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney added his voice to those of other Bush administration officials defending the C.I.A., declaring in an interview Monday that its harsh interrogations a decade ago were “absolutely, totally justified,” and dismissing allegations that the agency withheld information from the White House or inflated the value of its methods.

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The White House acknowledged that the report could pose a “greater risk” to American installations and personnel in countries like Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Iraq. But it said that the government had months to plan for the reverberations from its report — indeed, years — and that those risks should not delay the release of the report by the Senate Intelligence Committee. “When would be a good time to release this report?” the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, asked. “It’s difficult to imagine one, particularly given the painful details that will be included.”

Bushite war whore, White House illiterate propagandist
turned Fox "News" prostitute Dana Perino headed to prison with 
her master Bush for aiding and abetting CIA torture, murders,
But he added, “The president believes it is important for us to be as transparent as we possibly can about what exactly transpired, so we can just be clear to the American public and people around the world that something like this should not happen again.”

The administration appeared to have qualms Friday when Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned the Democratic chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, to warn her about unrest that might erupt because of the report.

The director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper, repeated those warnings in a briefing Saturday with several members of the Intelligence Committee. But Mr. Clapper told the senators that he favored the release of the report, officials said.

Traitor David Petraeus oversaw CIA torture, murders
Mr. Kerry was not putting pressure on Ms. Feinstein to delay the report, administration officials said, but merely informing her about the latest assessment of the security risks, which at that time included a threat to an American hostage then being held in Yemen. The hostage, Luke Somers, a photographer, was killed by his captors several hours later during a rescue attempt by American commandos.

In addition to tightening security at embassies, the Pentagon will bolster the protection of its forces in Afghanistan, officials said. Intelligence agencies will ramp up their monitoring of the communications of terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Bush war criminals will all be held accountable for CIA torture

Among the administration’s concerns is that terrorist groups will exploit the disclosures in the report for propaganda value. The Islamic State already clads its American hostages in orange jumpsuits, like those worn by prisoners in C.I.A. interrogations. Hostages held by the Islamic State in Syria were subjected to waterboarding, one of the practices used by the C.I.A. to extract information from suspected terrorists.

Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld used untrained, poorly-led, demoralised American military personnel of low intelligence as dupes to do CIA dirty-work

Mr. Cheney, who was one of the Bush administration’s most outspoken champions of this tough approach, said on Monday he had not read the report, but from news reports about it had heard nothing to change his mind about the wisdom or effectiveness of the program.

WAR CRIMINAL Rove can thumb his
nose at the American public from his new
digs in a prison cell
“What I keep hearing out there is they portray this as a rogue operation, and the agency was way out of bounds and then they lied about it,” Mr. Cheney said in a telephone interview. “I think that’s all a bunch of hooey. The program was authorized. The agency did not want to proceed without authorization, and it was also reviewed legally by the Justice Department before they undertook the program.”

Mr. Cheney said he never believed the C.I.A. was withholding information from him or the White House about the nature of the program, nor did he think the agency exaggerated the value of the intelligence gained from waterboarding and other techniques widely considered to be torture.

“They deserve a lot of praise,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, they ought to be decorated, not criticized.”

Other Republicans said that releasing the report now would put Americans in grave peril. On Sunday, Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN, “I think this is a terrible idea.”

“Foreign leaders have approached the government and said, ‘You do this, this will cause violence and deaths,' ” he said. “Our own intelligence community has assessed that this will cause violence and deaths.”

Administration officials acknowledged that the briefings given to lawmakers included worst-case scenarios. They say that is a legacy of the attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, which erupted after the posting of a satirical video about the Prophet Muhammad. State Department officials were faulted for inadequate security and for not responding quickly enough when the assailants overran the complex.

Smug, sneering tough-guy murderers will soon be sitting before a war crimes tribunal

At embassies across the Middle East, diplomats waited uneasily for the release of the report. Because its content had not been widely shared with diplomats, many did not know whether it contained information that could inflame passions in their countries.

The White House will also have to deal with diplomatic fallout from the report in countries that aided the United States in transporting prisoners or playing host to so-called black sites, where the interrogations occurred. One such country is Poland.

While the names of these countries are redacted in the declassified report, their identity is scarcely a mystery. 

Poland, for example, has been cited by a court for its involvement in the program, which has been highly controversial among both opponents inside Poland and international human rights activists for more than a decade.

“We have suspected that Polish authorities knew about the black sites and that the C.I.A. had planned for them from the very beginning,” said Adam Bodnar, vice president of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. 

“Hopefully, it will allow this issue to be finally resolved, and make sure those in Poland who are guilty are brought to justice.”

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in July that Poland was complicit in the interrogation program and awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to two men: Abu Zubaydah, suspected of running a Qaeda facility in Pakistan, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, believed to have planned the attack on the U.S.S. Cole.

“Poland, for all practical purposes, facilitated the whole process, created the conditions for it to happen, and made no attempt to prevent it from occurring,” the court ruled. Polish officials have steadfastly denied the country was involved in the secret prison program.

Mark Landler reported from Washington, and Peter Baker from New York. Rick Lyman contributed reporting from Warsaw; Ben Hubbard from Beirut, Lebanon; and Jeffrey Gettleman from Nairobi, Kenya.

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