“A definitive Senate report about one of America’s darkest periods continues to be withheld – precisely because the agency behind it refuses to come clean,” writes Trevor Timm at The Guardian:
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At this point, is there anything the Central Intelligence Agency thinks it can’t get away with?
To recap: the CIA systematically tortured people, then lied about it. Destroyed evidence of it, then lied about that. Spied on the US Senate staffers investigating the agency for torture, then lied about that. Now, after somehow being put in charge of deciding what parts of the Senate’s final report on that torture should be redacted, the CIA has predictively censored the key evidence of the litany of all of those transgressions.
The agency’s black marker has reportedly censored – at different points in the report – already-public, embarrassing and criminally culpable information. By doing so, the CIA has rendered it, as one Senator noted, “incomprehensible”.