The IC Overclassifies Torture Docs

Steven Aftergood:

The Central Intelligence Agency has improperly classified and withheld from release at least five categories of information related to its post-9/11 rendition, detention and interrogation program, according to a detailed complaint filed by Openthegovernment.org with the Information Security Oversight Office. Classification of this information has impeded government accountability for the controversial CIA programs and derailed a full public reckoning over abuses that occurred, the complaint said.

Good luck with that. Have you forgotten the "IC equities" in this (NewSpeak for coverups). From the complaint:

I write to you to pursuant to section 5.2(6) of Executive Order 13526 (hereinafter “the Executive Order”), to challenge the ongoing, improper classification of information regarding the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation Program.

Specifically, I believe that the CIA has classified and continues to classify information in violation of:

• Section 1.1 of the Executive Order, which states that information may be classified only if “the information is owned by, produced by or for, or is under the control of the United States government.”

• Section 1.7(a) of the Executive Order, which states that In no case shall information be classified, continue to be maintained as classified, or fail to be declassified in order to:

(1) conceal violations of law, inefficiency, or administrative error;

(2) prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency;

(3) restrain competition; or

(4) prevent or delay the release of information that does not require protection in the interest of the national security.

With respect to Section 1.1: as described in more detail below, the CIA continues to censor the thoughts, memories and statements of former CIA black site prisoners now in military custody at Guantanamo Bay.

With respect to Section 1.7: the public version of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, released in December of 2014, revealed evidence of numerous serious violations of law by the CIA.

These include, but are not limited to, brutalization of prisoners in violation of:

:the Anti-Torture Statute, 18 U.S.C. § 2340A, which states that torture and conspiracy to commit torture are felonies, subject to sentences of up to twenty years imprisonment, or death if the victim dies.

• the War Crimes Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2441, which states that certain grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions are felonies punishable by a sentence of up to life imprisonment, or death if the victim dies.

• International treaties, including the four Geneva Conventions and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

IF the Media actually cared about transparency and classification, they might cover this.

They don't and they won't.

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    I am shocked, shocked I tell you... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Sep 24, 2015 at 12:28:19 PM EST

    So (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 24, 2015 at 02:27:57 PM EST
    I went to the doctor yesterday.  Again.

    Kidney stones, for those not keeping up.

    The doctor said "I believe most of you discomfort is benind you" with a sly smile.  Then yanked the tube out and added "well, now it's mostly behind you."

    Still deciding how I feel about doctors with dark senses of humor.

    Damn! (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Sep 24, 2015 at 02:29:16 PM EST
    That was supposed to go in the open.

    Feel free to delete.

    The pain may be gone but I still have the pain pills!


    Obviously, the doctor (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by Zorba on Thu Sep 24, 2015 at 02:55:31 PM EST
    was employing a torture device.  The use of that device is now classified.
    Sorry about the pain, Howdy!

    Perhaps the good Cap'n should ... (none / 0) (#5)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Thu Sep 24, 2015 at 11:44:46 PM EST
    ... ask his doctor about THIS.

    Certiorari Denied: (none / 0) (#6)
    by Mr Natural on Tue Sep 29, 2015 at 11:57:22 AM EST
    - Remembering the Roberts Court's Shameful Abandonment of Torture Victims

    The Supreme Court speaks not only through its rulings in cases argued before it, but also through its choice not to hear certain cases -- the ones denied certiorari, in legal lingo.

    By refusing to hear claims brought by victims of Bush-era torture and detention practices, and failing to decisively reject the government's array of bad excuses for denying them a modicum of justice, the Court in recent years has sent an appalling message of indifference and impunity.

    These missing cases constitute a profound stain on the court's record, and they are worth recalling on today's tenth anniversary of John Roberts's swearing-in as Chief Justice.