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The fallout continues from the Senate report on CIA torture: This El Pais

editorial argues that this is Obama's chance to finally close Guantanamo.

 

 

CIA Torture Report: Now is Obama's Chance to Shutter Guantanamo (El Pais, Spain)

 

"The United States cannot present itself as a pioneer of freedom as long as its most important globally-active organization is constantly committing atrocities. Any potential advantage the superpower gains as a result of the unfettered activities of the CIA against terror suspects can never outweigh the global discredit these activities do to its global reputation. President Obama will never have a better excuse to close down Guantanamo. This was one of his first campaign promises, and six years later is has yet to be fulfilled."

 

EDITORIAL

 

Translated By Miguel Gutierrez

 

December 10, 2014

 

Spain - El Pais - Original Article (Spanish)

The summary of the monumental U.S. Senate investigation into CIA torture after September 11 is just as devastating as we expected it would be after leaks first emerged in April. It essentially says that the spy agency's methods were as widespread as they were brutal; that they failed to uncover substantial information for the fight against Islamist terrorism; and that the powerful agency lied to the White House and Congress about the scope of its actions. Under the Bush Doctrine - and in a state of panic sparked by 9-11, between 2001 and 2009 the CIA tortured terror suspects with impunity in secret prisons across half the world.

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Nervousness in Washington delayed release of the report. Completed nearly two years ago, the White House and Senate have been locked in a struggle over which details of the document should be disclosed and which should not. During this tug of war, the CIA sought to remove evidence and hacked into Senate computer systems. Before the committee chaired by Senator Diane Feinstein, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that before giving a final green light to publication, Senators think twice. The CIA is now preparing a counter-report to restore its image.

 

When he reached the White House, Obama outlawed the agency's secret detention and interrogation program, but none of its agents have been brought to justice. If one thing has become clear, it is the imperative of putting the CIA under the relentless scrutiny of an agency from outside the U.S. government. The United States cannot present itself as a pioneer of freedom as long as its most important globally-active organization is constantly committing atrocities.

 

Any potential advantage the superpower gains as a result of the unfettered activities of the CIA against terror suspects can never outweigh the global discredit these activities do to its global reputation. President Obama will never have a better excuse to close down Guantanamo. This was one of his first campaign promises, and six years later is has yet to be fulfilled.

 

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:
U.N., Intl. Terr., Geneva: 'Those Behind CIA 'Criminal Conspiracy' Must Face Penalties': U.N.
Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland: Former President Kwasniewski Admits Approving CIA Prisons
Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland: Former President Kwasniewski Admits Approving CIA Prisons
Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland: Poland Itself Must Investigate Secret CIA Prisons
Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland: Poland Beware: American Colossus Changes Course
NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands: No Leniency for CIA Torture
Le Monde, France: Report Confirms CIA Ran Secret Prisons in Poland, Romania
Le Monde, France: Governments Across Europe Investigate CIA 'Renditions'
La Jornada, Mexico: Loughner - Carriles: Two Terrorists, One U.S. Double Standard
La Stampa, Italy: Now, Italy Must Gird for the Repercussions Over CIA Convictions  
Publico, Spain: Torture Charges Filed Against Bush Legal Team; Judge Garzon Handles Case

Die Welt, Germany: A Disgrace to the West: CIA Doctors Helped With Torture

Financial Times Deutschland, Germany: Obama: Inviting the Next Torture Scandal  

Die Tageszeitung, Germany: America and Torture: 'Just Following Orders'
Hurriyet, Turkey: Dick Cheney's Torture Logic is 'Deeply Offensive'
La Repubblica, Italy: With Robert Seldon Lady, America 'Humiliates' Italy
Gazzetta del Sud, Italy: Former CIA Station Chief Held in Panama Over Italy 'Rendition'
La Stampa, Italy: Now, Italy Must Gird for the Repercussions Over CIA Convictions
Corriere Della Serra, Italy: CIA Agents Convicted of Kidnapping; Italian Officials Walk Free
Corriere Della Serra, Italy: Ex-Intelligence Chief, CIA Agents Indicted for Kidnapping
Le Monde Diplomatique, France: The Law Will Catch Up With CIA's European 'Accomplices'
Izvestia, Russia: 'Servile Europeans' Inflict Huge Insult on Bolivians
Corriere Della Serra, Italy: U.S. Must Fess Up to CIA Kidnapping on Italian Soil
La Repubblica, Italy: Italy's Spymasters Arrested for Aiding CIA Kidnappings
Digital Journal, Canada: U.S. Double Standard - Snowden, Seldon Lady and Jose Carriles

 

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