NYT: Obama Administration Urges Court to Reject Freedom of Information Request to Disclose Documents from Justice Department Investigation into CIA Torture of Detainees

US-DeptOfJustice-Seal.svgBy Elaine Magliaro

Charlie Savage reported in The New York Times today that the Obama administration “has urged a court to reject a request to disclose thousands of pages of documents from a Justice Department investigation into the torture of detainees by the Central Intelligence Agency, including summaries of interviews with about 100 witnesses and documents explaining why in the end no charges were filed.”

Savage said the administration “made the filing late Tuesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by The New York Times, hours after the Senate Intelligence Committee made public a 524-page executive summary of its own investigation into C.I.A. torture.” Savage noted that the committee had based its report “on a review of C.I.A. documents but did not conduct any interviews.”

The Justice Department materials are said to contain “10 reports and memorandums totaling 1,719 pages — more than three times the number of pages in the Senate report released Tuesday — as well as ‘numerous’ pages of reports on interviews with current and former C.I.A. officials.”

Click here to read Charlie Savage’s article U.S. Tells Court That Documents From Torture Investigation Should Remain Secret.


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25 Responses to NYT: Obama Administration Urges Court to Reject Freedom of Information Request to Disclose Documents from Justice Department Investigation into CIA Torture of Detainees

  1. Bad faith loves the darkness.

  2. swarthmoremom says:

    They don’t want any more evidence disclosed. The war criminals will not be prosecuted here and they won’t travel overseas.

  3. swarthmoremom says:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/10/brazil-president-weeps-report-military-dictatorship-abuses “The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, wept on Wednesday as she unveiled the findings of a Truth Commission investigation into the systematic murder, torture and other abuses carried out during the country’s military dictatorship.

    After a nearly three-year study, the commission confirmed that 191 people were killed and 243 “disappeared” under military rule, which lasted from 1964 to 1985. More than 200 have never been found.

    The 2,000-page report named 377 officials who were blamed for serious human rights violations and recommended a revision to the 1979 Amnesty Law so that perpetrators can be prosecuted.

    It also called on the military to recognise their responsibility for “grave violations” of the law and human rights, noting that even today the armed forces were uncooperative in providing materials and granting interviews about alleged abuses.

    A share of the blame went to the United States and the UK, which were found to have trained Brazilian interrogators in torture techniques.

    Among the victims of abuse was Rousseff, a former Marxist guerrilla who was beaten and jolted with electric shocks during her three-year detention at Tiradentes prison in the 1970s.

    The president was visibly moved as she released the report of the seven-member commission, which she set up in 2012.” Notice, the torture interrogators were trained in the US and UK.

  4. swarthmoremom says:

    “And White House and State Department officials stuck to a tight set of talking points to manage any fallout from foreign countries: President Barack Obama already took the most significant action of all when he ended the interrogation program, and the United States is transparent enough to admit its mistakes and learn from them.

    But as events on Wednesday proved, the Obama administration doesn’t get to decide when the torture debate ends.

    Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, who’s on his way out the door after losing his re-election bid last month, gave a blistering speech on the Senate floor in which he revealed the main conclusions of a classified report by former CIA director Leon Panetta on the interrogation program– mainly that the program had used coercive techniques and that the agency misled the public on how effective they were. He also called for the firing of Brennan, claimed that the agency “has lied to its overseers and the public,” and charged that the White House “continues to try to cover up the truth.”

    And Udall’s not the only one who wants the Obama administration to do more to respond to the report — and show foreign governments what the United States is doing about it. The American Civil Liberties Union is calling for prosecutions, and other human rights groups say the administration would send an important message to foreign allies by punishing people who carried out the program.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/democrats-white-house-senate-cia-torture-report-113490.html#ixzz3LavYVNNA Udall is gone come January…….

  5. Elaine M. says:

    EXCLUSIVE: “Corrupt, toxic and sociopathic”: Glenn Greenwald unloads on torture, CIA and Washington’s rotten soul
    Glenn Greenwald tells Salon how the torture report exposes true evil — and a nation drowning in hypocrisy

  6. How does one verify thay ALL the evidence is IN

    From a classified spy agency?

  7. Elaine M. says:

    C.I.A. First Planned Jails Abiding by U.S. Standards
    By Matt Apuzzo & James Risen

    Mr. Bush’s Sept. 17, 2001, order authorizing the agency to catch and detain suspected terrorists set off a flurry of planning at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va. One of the earliest documents from those meetings, a memo from J. Cofer Black, the agency’s counterterrorism chief, outlines a network of covert prisons operating under rules similar to those of maximum-security American penitentiaries or military prisoner-of-war camps. Recognizing that it had no experience as a jailer, the C.I.A. considered using the federal Bureau of Prisons to help run the facilities, according to the document.

    Mr. Black’s memo was titled “Approval to Establish a Detention Facility for Terrorists,” and the Senate report suggests that it became a working document, one that evolved as new ideas surfaced and old ones fell out of favor.

    The C.I.A. pressed the Pentagon to set up detention centers to hold agency prisoners on American military bases overseas. That would have subjected the prisons to traditional rules. But Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld refused to allow the Pentagon to become the C.I.A.’s jailer, according to John Rizzo, the former C.I.A. general counsel.

    “Rumsfeld took military bases off the table, so we started looking around at what became the black sites,” Mr. Rizzo recalled in an interview. “We brainstormed. Do we put them on ships? We considered a deserted island. It was born out of necessity. It wasn’t some diabolical plot.”

    At the time, the C.I.A.’s operational handbook declared that the agency did not engage in “torture, cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment, or prolonged detention without charges or trial,” according to the Senate report. But agency lawyers also began exploring a different approach, though it is not clear why. A Nov. 26, 2001, draft memo lists several tactics — extreme cold, sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation, and humiliation — and began discussing possible legal justifications. Such measures are prohibited in federal and military prisons.

  8. bettykath says:

    “Notice, the torture interrogators were trained in the US and UK.”

    That’s what the SOA protests are about. Every November there are protests at Fort Benning GA at the facility previously known as the School of the Americas (later renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) where the US trains people from the US and many other countries, notably from Central and South America, in the finer points of torture. Many of the protesters have committed civil disobedience have served time in prison.


    But it seems that the SOA wasn’t cruel enough so the US hired the two psychologists to up the ante.

  9. Mike Spindell says:

    We should remember that when Obama ran in 2008 one of his great talking points was the promise that he would govern with “transparency”. It sounded good to those of a civil libertarian mindset, but in the end was just an empty promise.

  10. Elaine M. says:

    Cheney Throws Bush Under The Bus On Torture Program

    Dick Cheney discussed the newly released Senate torture report Wednesday on Fox News, and in particular challenged a finding that former President George W. Bush hadn’t been briefed on the CIA’s harsh interrogation methods until years after they’d already been in use.

    Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked the former vice president whether the agency deliberately kept Bush in the dark about its so-called enhanced interrogation techniques.

    “Not true. Didn’t happen,” Cheney responded. “Read his book, he talks about it extensively in his memoirs. He was in fact an integral part of the program, he had to approve it before we went forward with it.”

    Asked if there was ever a point where he knew more about the CIA’s activity than the President, Cheney said “I think he knew everything he needed to know and wanted to know about the program.”

  11. swarthmoremom says:

    Yep, bettykath. One of my first cousins was arrested for protesting there……

  12. blouise17 says:

    Cheney said “I think he knew everything he needed to know and wanted to know about the program.”

    Bingo! Probably the truest words to ever roll off Cheney’s tongue.

  13. eniobob says:

    Mr Cheney:

  14. Bob Kauten says:

    “How does one verify thay ALL the evidence is IN

    From a classified spy agency?”

    You wait until they lie to you. Then you know you have all the evidence.

  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQLJJM-HeWYeniobob says:

    A twofer:

  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQLJJM-HeWYeniobob says:

    Miscue on the above you tube .

  17. LOL…Bob K

    And you know they are lying


    they are speaking to the publiv

  18. Inga says:

    I heard that interview. Yep Bush knew everything, sadly no prosecutions, what a country.

  19. eniobob says:

    ““Look, we’re fighting a war,” he told us. “I have a book on World War II, ‘Killing Patton,’ so I know what I’m talking about.”


  20. Elaine M. says:

    Senate Staffer Tried To Scrub ‘Torture’ From Torture Report’s Wikipedia Entry

    An anonymous Wikipedia user on Wednesday tried to scrub the word “torture” from an entry corresponding to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture, which revealed “enhanced interrogation techniques” employed by the CIA in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

    The person, whose IP address is registered to the U.S. Senate, attempted on Tuesday and again on Wednesday to remove a line describing the CIA’s tactics as “a euphemism for torture.” Both times the user argued the action was “removing bias” from the entry, and both times the change was rebuffed by other editors.

  21. Mitt n Traub have managed to get parties banned; as their paid for “unbiased” hackers whitewash facts away.

    Wiki serves U.S. (and the world) well, but the system has weaknesses

  22. rafflaw says:

    It is a wonder why Cheney is not in chains, along with all Washington enablers.

  23. Its a wonder how Haliburton happened to acquire Gulf spill clea up company.just a few weeks prior to BP oil spill…

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