After 9/11, the CIA was able to get George W. Bush and his administration to authorize the torture of detainees at secret sites across the world. It was a highly secret operation and once uncovered as the result of released photographs of detainee treatment at Guantanamo, the CIA and President continued to maintain that the program was producing valuable information.
About this time, the movie blockbuster, “Zero Dark Thirty,” was released. It was a movie based on CIA provided internal documents. In fact, the CIA initiated the release of information to the producers and director of the movie. The objective? To convince the American public that “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” (EIT) worked and led to the capture and murder of Osama Bin Laden. This all in light of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into CIA interrogation techniques and their ineffectiveness.
Never mind that we were violating the Geneva Convention, or that virtually no valuable information was obtained by these techniques. As a matter of fact, it was recently discovered that information leading to Bin Laden’s capture and assassination was the result of information received from Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, not the CIA’s interrogation techniques. Obama mislead the public in his announcement that Bin Laden was dead due to U.S. efforts.
Here is a copy of a PBS video entitled “Secrets, Politics and Torture,” which effectively tells the story of how our government violated human rights (torture and death), lied and subsequently tried to cover up their use of brutality.
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