WATCH: The Former VP Takes Off The Gloves In His Attack On Senate Dems For Their ‘Crap’ CIA Report

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Among the latest reactions to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s so-called “Torture Report” on the CIA’s terrorist interrogation techniques is one just issued by the Russian government — a harsh condemnation of the intelligence-gathering methods the report describes.

The New York Times says that the regime of Vladimir Putin wasted no time in claiming that the document released by Senate Democrats provided “confirmation of gross, systemic human rights violations by the American authorities.”

“We are urging the human rights community and responsible international organizations and structures to seek from Washington the disclosure of the full spectrum of information about human rights abuses committed in the framework of this ‘global war on terror’ and to bring those guilty to justice.”

Presumably, one of those Russia wants prosecuted and brought to “justice” is the man who talked extensively with Fox News’ anchor Bret Baier on Wednesday evening — former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Cheney was blunt, direct and unwavering in his broad critique of the Senate document and of the Democrats behind its preparation and release. In the exclusive “Special Report” interview, the number-two man in the administration of George W. Bush called the results of the committee’s investigation “deeply flawed” and strewn with “lies.”

Cheney defended the CIA’s efforts in the post 9/11 period and said it was successful — “they did a helluva job” — summing up the Senate Democrats’ partisan investigation in six words: “The report is full of crap.”

You can watch a pithy portion of the Vice President’s interview with Bret Baier by clicking on the video above.

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WATCH What This Outraged Ex-CIA Official Just Said About Hypocritical ‘Kill From A Distance’ Obama

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The Senate Intelligence Committee’s so-called “CIA Torture Report” continues to draw heavy fire from Republicans as well as current and former officials with the spy agency.

GOP lawmakers point out the controversial report was prepared exclusively by Democrats on the committee, as Republicans had refused to contribute to the majority document that they felt drew unfair conclusions because of faulty and incomplete investigation.

Critics note that Democrats failed to interview anyone in the CIA directly involved in the enhanced interrogation programs before concluding they were ineffective in helping to gather actionable intelligence.

Critics also say the very same lawmakers who now condemn the CIA’s handling of past intelligence gathering were fully briefed on agency techniques through the years and even supported what CIA operatives were doing.

As The New York Times reports, a dozen former top officials of the Central Intelligence Agency have launched a website defending the CIA’s actions — ciasavedlives.com.

The program’s outspoken defenders say the C.I.A. was advised that its methods were not torture, that the program played a critical role in dismantling Al Qaeda and that the interrogators deserve praise, not vilification.

The website launched in response to the Senate committee’s scathing report pushes back vigorously against the document and offers a detailed defense of the agency’s actions post 9/11.

The recently released Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Majority report…represents the single worst example of Congressional oversight in our many years of government service.

On his Fox News show Tuesday night, Sean Hannity spoke with a very angry former CIA official who said, “It’s a very dark day for the CIA.”

Jose Rodriguez, the one-time Director of the National Clandestine Service, told Hannity, “I think the CIA’s being thrown under the bus.”

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the Rodriguez interview in which he points out that President Obama is perfectly fine with using drones to kill suspected terrorists “from a distance,” while he condemns enhanced interrogation techniques having been used on detainees captured alive and imprisoned.

 

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This One Thing Could Put Americans In Grave Danger, And Obama Can’t Make Up His Mind About It

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U.S. Marines are on heightened alert. So are the CIA, DHS, Congressional security details, even the Secret Service at the White House.

CNN tells us why tensions are running high in Washington and at U.S. facilities around the world:

They’re all geared up for possible reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s $50 million investigation of Bush-era CIA interrogation tactics on detainees in the years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Administration critics argue that President Obama is trying to have it both ways — claiming to be concerned that the release of the highly controversial report could lead to real trouble for America — yet, at the same time, saying he supports its being made public.

In his briefing on Tuesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest revealed for reporters what appears to many to be the self-contradictory nature of Obama’s position:

Via usatoday.com:

“There are some indications that the release of the report could lead to a greater risk that is posed to U.S. facilities and individuals all around the world,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.

“The president believes that, on principle, it’s important to release that report, so that people around the world and people here at home understand exactly what transpired,” Earnest said.

The Democrat in charge of the U.S. Senate committee that’s making the long-awaited report public is California’s Dianne Feinstein, who will soon be replaced in her committee leadership role by an incoming GOP senator.

There are those who argue that Feinstein and her fellow Democrats on the panel are determined to rush the report out of Congress before the Republicans take control in January.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch a CNN piece on the Senate report, the intense controversy surrounding it, and the potential for trouble that its release could introduce.

 

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Watch: See Why These Bold Benghazi Survivors Say The New Gov’t Report Is “Just A Disgrace”

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Former CIA contractors who were at the Benghazi Embassy compound during the September 11, 2012 attack are frustrated by the House Intelligence Committee investigation that takes the assessment of official Washington over their eye-witness accounts in almost every case.

CIA contractor and eyewitness John Tiegen told Fox News:

“It’s supposed to be a U.S. Government official report.  To me, it’s just a disgrace to the guys that died that night.”

Kris Paronto voiced his disappointment in the government’s treatment of his fellow CIA contractors:

“We fought and bled for a government that we swore to protect and now they’re calling us liars. We continue to feel betrayed and shunned by our own government that we swore to defend.”

The contractors were warned of a possible attack on the embassy as early as August of 2012; yet the government provided no additional resources to bolster their sparse security force.  On the night of the attack, they were told to stand down by “Bob’, the CIA base chief.  The five fully-armed commandos, including Tiegen and Paronto, waited in cargo vehicles for Libyan allies to help them; yet they never came, as hundreds of armed militants stormed the compound and burned everything.  The CIA leadership at Langley, Virginia, does not acknowledge the delay.

“Obviously there is an agenda that needs to be pushed and our eye-witness account and the truth of what happened that night does not hold with the agenda,” said Paronto.

At least four committee Republicans believe that former CIA Director David Petraeus mislead them when he reported that the attack on the embassy was because of an anti-Islam video and minimized the attackers’ skill to fire mortars. Three precision mortars were fired on target at the CIA annex in 69 seconds that killed Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) of the House Intelligence Committee said the contractors were heroes that night, but she stands by the committee’s conclusions:  

There was no politics involved here.  This was a tragedy and that we can learn something from it and have better security.”

(h/t: Right Scoop)

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Former LA Times Reporter Submitted Drafts For Approval By CIA

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In a dangerous sign of how closely the media and government collaborate, it was recently revealed that a former LA Times reporter had an inappropriate relationship with the CIA in a series of documents uncovered by the Intercept.

How inappropriate? Ken Dilanian, the former LA Times reporter, would submit drafts for approval by CIA officials before they were published in the major newspaper.

On one report, he promised positive news coverage about drone strikes. “I’m working on a story about congressional oversight of drone strikes that can present a good opportunity for you guys,” Dilanian said. He also said that the story about the drone strikes should be “reassuring to the public.”

On another, Dilanian asked if the CIA wanted ” to push back on any of this.”

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 On the same piece, after apparent CIA push back, he submitted a new opening to the piece and asked “Does this look better?”

The original opening reads:

“Teams of CIA officers, private contractor and special operations troops have been inserted in southern Yemen to work with local tribes on gathering intelligence for U.S. drone strikes against militants, U.S. officials and others familiar with the secret operation said.”

The revised (and published) opening reads:

“In an escalation of America’s clandestine war in Yemen, a small contingent of U.S. troops is providing targeting data for Yemeni airstrikes as government forces battle to dislodge Al Qaeda militants and other insurgents in the country’s restive south, U.S. and Yemeni officials said.”

Now, Ken Dilanian works for the Associated Press as an intelligence reporter.

What do you think? How can future government/media “collaboration” (ahem, propaganda) be put to an end?

h/t: The Blaze

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