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December 22, 2014

The CIA's Road to Infamy

This is a damning bill of indictment. But none of it is new. For a decade we have had credible reports, testimony and accounts of how the torture program was decided, organized and executed. We have known that the Agency at the highest level took the radical step of destroying video evidence of torture out of fear of criminal prosecution and damage to its bureaucratic empire lavishly funded beyond their wildest dreams thanks to the "war on terror" boon. The "black sites" were identified eight years ago in exhaustive investigative reports. So, too, were the kidnappings, renditions and complicity of all but one NATO government. The torture program's vengeful and sadistic ethos is not a surprise either -- nor the total failure to produce a single piece of actionable intelligence involving a threat to the United States. Yet, the reaction is one of surprise.

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