WASHINGTON — The White House has been withholding for five years more than 9,000 top-secret documents sought by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its investigation into the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program, even though President Barack Obama hasn’t exercised a claim of executive privilege.
In contrast to public assertions that it supports the committee’s work, the White House has ignored or rejected offers in multiple meetings and in letters to find ways for the committee to review the records, a McClatchy investigation has found.
The significance of the materials couldn’t be learned. But the administration’s refusal to turn them over or to agree to any compromise raises questions about what they would reveal about the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists in secret overseas prisons.
The program is over and done with. Nobody with an internet connection or tv is unaware of it, so what’s really being hidden by withholding this information?
Senator Dianne Feinstein blew whatever veil of secrecy there was with this investigation with her allegation of CIA spying on the Senate committee that’s running this investigation. We all know that there were some heinous things done in the past. None of that can be changed. However, if we don’t know about mistakes we’ve made in the past, how are we supposed to learn from them as to not repeat them in the future?
After all the allegations we’ve endured since 2001, the last thing we need is more secrecy and hidden agendas. Americans are getting tired of this stuff, and politicians should be quite wary of that if they want to maintain their status and office. I understand the need for secrecy involving national security, so I don’t expect anything that would harm our security to ever be released to the public. However, it doesn’t take the clone of Albert Einstein to figure out that the CIA or whomever was running interrogations at those black sites were not giving hot stone massages with a happy ending.
We elect our leaders to represent us and ensure that our country and way of life is protected and will always endure. Sometimes, that requires them to do the hard and difficult tasks to move us forward instead of taking the easy route and doing nothing. We’re not going to see any prosecutions over what happened with the CIA just as we haven’t seen any prosecutions for the economic collapse. That said, we still need to ensure that the lessons learned, both good and bad, are known and understood by the people who can ensure we don’t make the same mistake(s) again.