Sunday, March 06, 2005

CIA under growing scrutiny

Following a 60 Minutes report about rendition, and stories in the Washington Post about CIA responsibility for a Bagram detainee death, the CIA appears to be under increasing scrunity. The CIA is attempting to put off any form of public review until its at least six in-house reviews are completed. (Unlike the handful of military to be prosecuted for Abu Ghraib, to date, the only CIA-related prosecution for abuse is against a CIA-contracted former military officer who worked in Afghanistan.)

And Republican Senator Pat Roberts has indicated he will block special inquiry into the CIA's role in interrogation in Senate Intelligence Committee. But after the Military has undergone such scrutiny over abuses in Abu Ghraib and Bagram, promising to make changes to its policy and procedures, won't the CIA be forced to either defend or drop its practices of rendition, "ghost detainees" and abusive interrogation?

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