Saturday, September 10, 2016

Inside the fight to reveal the CIA's torture secrets by Spencer Ackerman in Washington

The inside story of the Senate investigation into torture, the crisis with the CIA it spurred and the man whose life would never be the same.

Daniel Jones, a counter-terrorism staffer, had become the chief investigator for the Senate intelligence committee, the CIA’s congressional overseer, on its biggest inquiry. For five years, he had been methodically sifting through internal CIA accounts of its infamous torture program, a process that had begun after the committee learned – thanks to a New York Times article, not the agency – that a senior official had destroyed videotapes that recorded infamously brutal interrogations. The subsequent committee inquiry had deeply strained a relationship with Langley that both sides badly wanted to maintain. The source of that strain was simple: having read millions of internal emails, cables and accounts of agency torture, Jones had come to believe everything the CIA had told Congress, the Bush and Obama White Houses and the public was a lie....
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/09/cia-insider-daniel-jones-senate-torture-investigation

Part 2
If the CIA would lie about torture, what else would it lie about? If it would spy on its legislative overseers, who wouldn’t the agency spy on?

Part 3