WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.
“This report tells a story of which no American is proud,” says the four-page White House document, which contains the State Department’s preliminary proposed talking points in response to the classified Senate report, a summary of which is expected to be released in the coming weeks.
“But it is also part of another story of which we can be proud,” adds the document, which was circulating this week among White House officials and which the White House accidentally emailed to an Associated Press reporter. “America’s democratic system worked just as it was designed to work in bringing an end to actions inconsistent with our democratic values.”
Someone at the White House “accidentally emailed” this document to the AP reporter? Really? Is it possible the Obama administration is gearing up to hold some people accountable at last? We’ll see, but I doubt it. They are forward-looking to a fault.
Also, the CIA has admitted it acted improperly in 2009 when operatives screwed around with the data in computers the Senate Intelligence Committee was using to research possible CIA misconduct during the Bush administration.
But no worries: CIA Director John Brennan has appointed former Senator Evan Bayh to chair an accountability board. I’m sure he’ll handle the role with the same levels of integrity and judgment he displayed throughout his political career. Oh wait.
[H/T: Valued commenter Mandalay]