In an act of contrition, Senators have voted to reveal some of the contents of a CIA torture report. It is a democracy in the USA, and making government transparent after having committed acts, some of which are contrary to national values, standards, policies and laws, is a way to put positive spin on the outcome.
Senator Dianne Feinstein describes the report as “shocking,” and all the while she was one of the leaders in charge. That’s shocking.
President’s George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama were both in charge while CIA transgressions were in process, and probably still are. No one will know until another incident happens, and when years after the fact there will be another shocking revelation.
Government by the people requires that elected representatives honor the Constitution and will of the people with integrity and trust. The CIA has broken that trust when in fact it depends upon trust for its livelihood. Broken government comes from broken laws, broken legislative process, and broken executive management. The American Political System is in peril.
“Senate committee votes to declassify parts of CIA torture report
Landmark vote authorises release of portions of report that accuses CIA of conducting abusive interrogations after 9/11
Spencer Ackerman in Washington
theguardian.com, Thursday 3 April 2014 17.49 EDT
After years of inquiry, $40m in expenses and an unprecedented clash with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Senate intelligence committee voted on Thursday to declassify portions of a study into the agency's use of torture on detainees suspected of being involved in terrorism.
The landmark 11-3 vote now places the Obama administration back at the center of an inherited controversy that it has sought for over five years to escape.
That controversy has immediate implications for the military tribunals of the 9/11 defendants at Guantánamo Bay, several of whom were subjected to the abuse.
Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein of California, a public champion of the investigation, called its findings "shocking" and the CIA's behavior "in stark contrast to our values as a nation".
"This nation admits its errors, as painful as they may be," Feinstein said in a short statement following the vote, which took place in a secret session.”