I see now why the Administration has been sitting on the CIA Inspector General’s report regarding torture enhanced interrogations. It’s a big shiny object to dangle in front of lefties when they start getting too uppity about all the backsliding on healthcare reform. Newsweek reports that the report will finally be released next week:
Nashiri’s interrogators brandished the gun in an effort to convince him that he was going to be shot. Interrogators also turned on a power drill and held it near him. “The purpose was to scare him into giving [information] up,” said one of the sources. A federal law banning the use of torture expressly forbids threatening a detainee with “imminent death.”
The report also says, according to the sources, that a mock execution was staged in a room next to a detainee, during which a gunshot was fired in an effort to make the suspect believe that another prisoner had been killed. The inspector general’s report alludes to more than one mock execution.
This is the report from May 2004 whose release was ordered earlier this year due to a Freedom of Information Act request by the ACLU. They’ve been putting it off since June, supposedly to double-check the redactions of all that super-sensitive information. More likely, the Administration decided the report was a political liability no matter what, so better to wait for a moment when it could do them some good, i.e. suck the oxygen from an uncomfortable political debate. Or am I just being cynical?