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Status of US Government and torture

There is an excellent, detailed article at the Washington post explaining some of the history and status of personnel at the CIA involved in decisions to waterboard. It interested me that Senator Diane Feinstein appears to have indirectly propped up someone in the administration who was connected with waterboarding.

(excerpt from) Washington Post
CIA Fired Firms Aiding Questioning. One Helped to Introduce Waterboarding
By Walter Pincus / Monday, June 15, 2009

Weeks after President Obama took office, the CIA extended its contract with a firm run by two psychologists who helped introduce waterboarding and other harsh methods to the agency’s interrogation techniques, according to a news report.

Two months later, CIA Director Leon Panetta fired Mitchell, Jessen & Associates and all other contractors that aided the CIA in its interrogations of alleged terrorists, the New Yorker reported this weekend…

…the magazine noted that CIA Deputy Director Stephen R. Kappes, whom Panetta told senators in February would be his “full partner,” held at least a nominal role in oversight of the program [connected to waterboarding]. Kappes was deputy director for operations from 2002 to 2004; during that time, he was responsible for the agency’s Counterterrorism Center, the arm that directed and monitored the harsh interrogation program.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) insisted that Panetta retain Kappes as deputy because of the director’s lack of experience with the CIA. Feinstein is now chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating the interrogation program….

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