Wednesday, December 10, 2014

One Last Parting Shot Over the Shoulder

This Senate Intelligence Committee's CIA Report marks a new low for congressional oversight of intelligence because of its naked partisanship and refusal to consider all relevant evidence. The report was written entirely by the committee's Democratic staff. The investigation included no interviews and is based only on a review of documents. Because the report lacks Republican co-authors or interviews of people who ran the enhanced-interrogation program, it has no credibility and amounts to a five-year, $50 million Democrat cherry-picking exercise to investigate the Bush administration. 

There are many former Bush-administration and CIA officials who claim that the enhanced-interrogation program was effective, provided crucial counter-terrorism intelligence, and was conducted entirely within the law. These officials also claim that Democratic members of the House and Senate intelligence committees
were fully briefed on the program and supported it until it became politically useful to condemn it.