From emptywheel over at Firedoglake:
(Today is CIA IG Report day. While we wait, I’m re-posting two posts I did in June describing what we already know is in the report.)
In this post, I reviewed the known contents of the CIA IG Report’s 6-page section on torture for those who seem to forget we’ve seen substantive bits from that in the Bradbury memos. In this post, I’ll look at what else shows up in the Bradbury memos. In a follow-up post, I’ll look at what IG Report contents we haven’t seen (and therefore are all but guaranteed not to see).
From what we can reconstruct, the report appears to include the following:
Intro and summary
A history of CIA’s involvement in torture
A description of the development of the torture techniques as if they were developed for use for Abu Zubaydah
A review of the legal authorization for the program, with the critique that doctors were not involved in the pre-authorization review and, probably, a description of the ways that torture as practiced exceeded the guidelines included in Bybee Two
An erroneous claim that everyone who should have been briefed was briefed
Apparently a general review of how the program was implemented, including a description of the close involvement of medical personnel, and a description of what was done to which High Value Detainees
A description of the decision to videotape and apparent reviews of what a review of the videotapes and cables revealed about whether the torture was what it was claimed to be
Forty pages of completely redacted material
The Effectiveness section
A policy section that notes that the program includes many of the same techniques as the State Department qualifies as abusive
Three pages of recommendations
A number of Appendices–the CIA appears to be hiding the very existence of about five of these and most of the contents of the rest of them
This Report has been delayed over and over again, and we can expect a lot of it to be redacted.
And in a related story, the New York Times reports Justice Dept. Report Advises Pursuing C.I.A. Abuse Cases, to-wit:
The Justice Department’s ethics office has recommended reversing the Bush administration and reopening nearly a dozen prisoner-abuse cases, potentially exposing Central Intelligence Agency employees and contractors to prosecution for brutal treatment of terrorism suspects, according to a person officially briefed on the matter.
I have a whole lot of questions about all this. I have to wonder, during the time of the very long delay before releasing the CIA IG report, whether those who are the most vulnerable to prosecution were allowed to lobby for much of the report to be redacted. I recall reading somewhere that this was the case — so if anyone can offer a link, I’d be grateful.
The New York Times story weasles out of using the word “torture,” by the way.
UPDATE: Here is the link to the report — 122 pages.