CIA Not Guilty according to CIA Report

The agency is allowed to investigate itself and find the CIA not guilty.


So at first it was an accusation that was beyond the scope of reason, according to the CIA. Then, suddenly, it was true after all; the CIA admitted it. Then, the CIA watchdog who exposed the mess suddenly quit his job.

And now?

Now the CIA has investigated itself and concluded that it did nothing wrong. This is exactly how the government treats you, right? When you are accused of wrongdoing, it asks you to investigate yourself. And if you find yourself not guilty of wrongdoing, then you are cleared.

Oops. No. Only governments get to do that.

The Washington Post claims: “CIA finds no wrongdoing in search of computers used by Senate investigators.”

An internal CIA review concluded that agency employees committed no wrongdoing when they surreptitiously searched a computer system used by Senate investigators in a multiyear probe of the agency’s brutal interrogations of terrorism suspects.

The CIA panel found that “no disciplinary actions are warranted” for agency lawyers and computer experts who were involved in the incident, which led to an extraordinary public rupture between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee last year.

The search of the Senate computers by CIA employees was “reasonable in light of their responsibilities to manage an unprecedented computer system” the agency had set up at a secret facility in northern Virginia exclusively for the Senate probe.

Along with clearing themselves, they accused the Senate committee of “violating the terms of their access to the files in unearthing documents that were damaging to the agency and, according to CIA officials, were supposed to be off-limits.” I have no idea who is telling the truth and can’t judge the relative morality of the CIA and Senate staffers. But if the CIA is not complaining that the Senate Committee discovered damaging documents, then that sounds like an admission that the torture report was accurate.

The CIA complaining about having their secrets exposed to the Senate—the people who are supposed to be our elected leaders—produces yet another level of irony!