What follows are 10 despicable things the Central Intelligence Agency perpetrated in our names in the aftermath of 9/11.
1) From the beginning, CIA lawyers dreamed up a novel defense for torturing people.
On November 26, 2001, the CIA’s Office of General Counsel proposed a legal workaround to get away with “torture”. Note that the Orwellian term “enhanced interrogation” was not deployed in these early days to varnish the reality of the acts anticipated. (Italics original. Boldface added.)
“[I]t would, therefore, be a novel application of the necessity defense to avoid prosecution of U.S. officials who tortured to obtain information that saved many lives… A policy decision must be made with regard to U.S. use of torture in light of our obligations under international law, with consideration given to the circumstances and to international opinion on our current campaign against terrorism—states may be very unwilling to call the U.S. to task for torture when it resulted in saving thousands of lives.” [Executive Summary: Page 179]