The CIA Report: What Does It Say?
“Having read the CIA report in its entirety, I am struck once again by how humane our treatment of captured terrorists was intended to be, and generally was. The handful of incidents highlighted by press accounts of the report came to light precisely because they were reported as deviations from the treatment of detainees that had been authorized by DOJ lawyers. As a threshold matter, it is important to note that the allegations that have been reported in the press are just that–allegations, sometimes based on hearsay. The CIA’s Inspector General singled out two incidents for special investigation, both of which involved the same debriefer–not a trained interrogator… . One aspect of the IG’s report that has been absent from most press accounts is its account of the effectiveness of these early interrogations by the CIA… . The report also notes that six years ago, the incidents it describes were referred to the Department of Justice for possible prosecution, and DOJ determined