BREAKING: Obama Administration Withholds CIA Torture Report Implicating Cheney Until August 31

Thursday, June 2, 2009

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I know President Obama and former Vice President Cheney are 7th or 8th cousins — family, kin folk, but this is getting ridiculous.

Now comes word the Obama administration is seeking to withhold the CIA’s 2004 inspector general report on “enhanced interrogation regime” AKA, torture, for the third time, until August 31.

The ACLU, which reached agreement with the administration to declassify the report as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, is going to challenge the administration’s stall tactics.

The Obama Justice Department argues that the volume of material it needs to go through in the CIA’s 2004 inspector general report is just too great to meet any pre-August 31 timetable. Not only is the IG report itself 200 pages, but that’s just one of 319 documents under review as part of the case.

The ACLU replies that the CIA and the Justice Department have already missed three deadlines for the agreed-upon disclosure, and lawyer Amrit Singh writes that she’s “disturbed by the clear trend emerging in the government’s repeated delays in disclosure of documents critical to a complete understanding of the CIA’s interrogation program.” She says that instead of delaying, Judge Alvin Hellerstein should order the “expediting the reprocessing and release of all CIA documents at issue.”

This is a statement from ACLU national security chief Jameel Jaffer:

The CIA has already had more than five months to review the inspector general’s report, and the report is only about two hundred pages long. We’re increasingly troubled that the Obama administration is suppressing documents that would provide more evidence that the CIA’s interrogation program was both ineffective and illegal. President Obama should not allow the CIA to determine whether evidence of its own unlawful conduct should be made available to the public. The public has a right to know what took place in the CIA’s secret prisons and on whose authority.

Here’s the Department of Justice letter:

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Editors Update: I have obtained a link to 51 pages of heavily redacted secret torture documents from the Department of Defense. You can read them HERE. One of the documents was a witness statement taken from the former head of interrogations at Guantanamo who suggested that President George W. Bush verbally signed off on the abusive treatment of detainees at Guantanamo. Please note, these are not from the Department of Justice which are separate and still a matter of question. Key details relating to the Defense Department’s use of illegal interrogation methods have been redacted from these documents. The Obama administration has even withheld details previously disclosed by the Bush administration. The withholding of this information makes a mockery of President Obama’s promise of transparency.

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8 Responses to BREAKING: Obama Administration Withholds CIA Torture Report Implicating Cheney Until August 31

  1. Conejo1982 says:

    Candidate-Obama vowed to increase transparency and make government accessible to the American people.

    Unlike his predecessor.

    However, President Obama quickly understood the problem transparency brings. If the release of the CIA’s 2004 inspector general report shows Cheney was up to his neck in the broken finger nails and blood of detainees, how can the Obama DOJ not prosecute the former vice president for violating the U.S. Constitution?

    Quite simply, he can’t.

  2. Randy Arroyo says:

    Refusing to prosecute the CIA agents who engaged in torture, refusing to release the torture photos and delays in releasing the torture report implicating Cheney. You know, in criminal law, if you drive a car that transports a bank robber, even if you didn’t rob the bank, you can be prosecuted.

  3. woyoyo says:

    How ironic the “O” Man would protect Cheney?

    I mean, all Cheney has done since leaving office is diss the president, his leadership, say we’re less safe and we’re headed toward a depression.

  4. Stephan Iversonn says:

    I think Obama has set for himself a narrow agenda that is primarily focused on the economy and cleaning up the mess left behind by Bush/Cheney.

    Hence, Obama’s timidness about repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and “DOMA.”

    Even Harry Reid has managed to lower the bar and said something along the lines that even with Al Franken coming onboard, a 60 seat majority doesn’t mean much.

    Our leadership is about as weak as I’ve ever seen in the 25 years I’ve followed national politics. I mean, can you imagine Lyndon Johnson saying anything as lame as what Harry Reid said?

  5. So they will release the report right before the Labor Day holiday. Of course. Obama could have gone done in the history books as a great president….if he tried. Instead, he will be known for breaking the color barrier–not a small thing–but little else. I’m waiting for the rest of the democratic voters to catch up. The jobless recovery (what an oxymoron) will make that possible. Glad I’m no longer a registered democrat. The republicans are monsters, but the democrats are almost worse–they know what to say and make promises they have no intention of honoring.

  6. Hey Chris, the date on THIS article says June 2nd.

    I’m disappointed in the President too.Al Sharpton has been to the White House at least four times. The Urban League and NAACP hasn’t.

    Hell if Keith Olbermann can tell the truth and not worry, the President can too.How much more can the neo-cons hate him less ?

  7. Harry says:

    Christopher – I don’t know how you managed to compile all of this but props to you. This is the type of thing the MSM should be doing but don’t.

  8. bradfrmphnx says:

    Obama’s transparancy is clouded with BS.

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