Dianne Feinstein could move to declassify the CIA torture report in its current state. But she won’t do that, and John Brennan knows it.
Yup, John Brennan Rolled DiFi On The Torture Report
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December 13, 2013

The 15th paragraph of this story on CIA’s continuing efforts to water down the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report reads,

The CIA’s current director, John Brennan, was a senior agency official when the harshest CIA tactics were in use. Officials said that in closed-door meetings with Congress, he complained the Senate report contained major inaccuracies.

It is utterly predictable that Brennan, who refused to read the report before he got confirmed, would, after he was confirmed, decide it was inaccurate. See here, here, here, here, here, here, and here for just some of the bread crumbs this would happen.

Since I was right about John Brennan being completely untrustworthy about bringing an open mind to the evidence presented in the Torture Report, let me make another prediction based on this detail.

Committee aides said the panel hoped to finish work on an updated version of the report, taking note of CIA comments, by the end of the year. The committee could then vote to request declassification, which would allow the public to see the report, or at least parts of it.

What’s going to happen is the SSCI will water down the report, ignoring the clear implications of the evidence, in hopes of getting support for declassification. The Republicans on the committee, at least, still won’t vote to declassify it. Some section of the watered-down report will be released. And the historical record on torture will not reflect the clear evidence in the documentary record.

Dianne Feinstein could, of course, move to declassify the report in its current state.

But she won’t do that, and John Brennan knows it. You see, he knows DiFi wants to be loved by the spooks she oversees, and they could care less what she thinks of them, so long as they continue to hide the true nature of their organizations. And her desire to be loved by those she oversees makes her an easy mark.

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