The CIA’s former top lawyer disputes Senate findings that the spy agency lied about its brutal interrogations of terrorists, insisting the tactics produced useful intelligence and flatly denying that the CIA misled the former Bush administration, Congress and the American public.
Unbelievable, but not surprising. The CIA’s (former) General Counsel does claim that Feinstein’s committee never interviewed him or many other people who used to be with the CIA:
“There are probably two dozen senior CIA people that were heavily involved in this program, who are retired,” he said. “I’ve talked to a number of them. I can tell you, a good many of them would have welcomed the opportunity to be interviewed. And none of them (were) _ nobody.”
Rizzo, who worked at the CIA as a lawyer for 34 years before his retirement, said the Senate Intelligence Committee’s approach differed substantially from earlier congressional probes into controversial CIA programs such as the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s.
He then goes on to claim the Senate Intelligence Committee went on a partisan witch-hunt because the GOP members of the committee didn’t want to get on board with a report that would finally have exposed their party’s previous President as a war criminal for ordering the torture of detainees. But really, they must still just hate Bush. That sound you hear is the Overton window shattering in a thousand pieces.
But seriously, does he think we’re going to buy this? Rizzo is no stranger to the media, and he’s done plenty of covering his own ass over the years. I’ve always thought people’s reactions to the torture report will tell you everything you need to know. Right now, I see John Rizzo as being very afraid of what may finally come out and how it may very well implicate him in these same war crimes. I’m slightly amazed that he would still trot out the “Justice Department signed off” excuse, given how incredibly dishonest it is, but there it comes nevertheless.
Simply put, the white-washing of this disastrous part of our history will never go away until a full accounting is made. Rizzo can have his arguments (and he’s welcome to challenge the authenticity of the report, given his status of decades with the CIA), but the truth will come out.
Eventually. When it’s too late to do anything about it.