Op-Ed

The CIA’s ‘accidental’ loss of the Senate’s torture report

The Hill reports: “Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the driving force behind the 2014 torture report, sent letters to the CIA and Justice Department confirming that the spy agency’s inspector general ‘has misplaced and/or accidentally destroyed’ its copy of the report.”
The Hill reports: “Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the driving force behind the 2014 torture report, sent letters to the CIA and Justice Department confirming that the spy agency’s inspector general ‘has misplaced and/or accidentally destroyed’ its copy of the report.” AP

We learned last month that the CIA “accidentally” destroyed its “only” copy of the 6,000-page Senate report on torture.

“Accidentally?” Somebody should be asking hard questions about this “accident.”

And my nominee for questioner-in-chief is Sen. Richard Burr.

After all, Burr’s main job in Washington is chairing the Intelligence Committee – which is supposed to do oversight of the CIA.

And he is up for re-election this year.

This report took four years of exhaustive work to produce. The Intelligence Committee staff reviewed more than a million documents.

Only part of the report’s executive summary has been released. But that part documented stomach-churning details about repulsive twists CIA’s torturers came up with.

The report’s revelations were not only disgusting, they were likely illegal. Torture after all is a crime under U.S. federal law.

Fox News’ own legal eagle, Judge Andrew Napolitano, said the summary showed that many heinous crimes had been committed in the U.S. torture program. Yet the report also showed torture was useless, except for breeding more terrorists, like ISIS.

But I wouldn’t blame people for laughing at my suggestion. After all, Burr, along with the CIA, has spent months trying to bury this report forever.

And now the CIA’s “only” copy has been destroyed.

“Accidentally.”

Shouldn’t the Senate Intelligence Committee be all over this? Shouldn’t it be getting to the bottom of what happened?

And why don’t the report’s revelations need to be followed up? What is in it that Burr is so eager to protect?

That’s not all. How will Burr’s push to stifle the exposure of torture crimes help protect the people of North Carolina? How will killing the report help stop ISIS and their killers? Or protect our country?

Bury the report? No. The report should be preserved, the full text released and its shocking revelations investigated.

That followup investigation could start with committee hearings.

Burr is the point man for this report and its fate.

And that’s no accident.

It’s an election year. That’s no accident, either.

Chuck Fager of Durham is a former director of Fayetteville’s Quaker House, which provides counseling and support to service members questioning their role in the military.

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