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It’s time to come clean on CIA’s use of torture

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is troubled by the covert invasion of her Senate Intelligence Committee’s privacy by the very organization her committee is deemed to oversee: the CIA. Seems the CIA was troubled by the determined prying of the committee into torture practices found when it reviewed 6 million documents relating to the techniques administered to prisoners by the CIA under the auspices of the George W. Bush regime. Feinstein calls the events “brutal,” “horrible” and “un-American” but can’t bring herself to call it what it was: torture. She uses the euphemism, “interrogation program.”

I see. Apparently Feinstein is miffed by the covert practice of snooping but won’t release the evidence that would result in a war crimes indictment of Bush and Dick Cheney by The Hague now that President Obama has refused to “relive the past” and allowed the originators and perpetrators of the torture to walk. What a kind man.

The National Security Agency pries into our cell calls and computers with nary a peep from her committee other than to say it is necessary for our national security in this troubled world. However, when the organization she is charged to oversee snoops behind her back, well that’s a game-changer. Or is it? The CIA spies. That’s what it does. Apparently it also tortured people. Methinks Feinstein‘s anger would be better placed if she would just declassify her 6,300-page report and expose to all what the CIA was not supposed to do: torture. Then we’ll see what the World Court thinks of Bush’s “enhanced interrogation program.”

Stephen Saracino

Buffalo