Torture

Sen. Udall Considering Revealing Torture Report Contents Before Stepping Down

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Waterboarded by the Republican wave

I noted at the start of the week that civil libertarians are pushing Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) to release the contents of a currently secret Iraq War torture report produced by the Senate. Udall sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee at the moment and has access to the report, but he lost re-election last week to Republican Cory Gardner, and now his days are numbered. Udall has been a solid voice for more transparency in government and National Security Agency surveillance reform. He has been pushing for the report's release as the Senate fights with the CIA and White House over how much information to redact.

The idea is that Udall could call a special subcommittee meeting and read the contents of the secret report into the record, using the same tactics former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska used in 1971 to help reveal the contents of the Pentagon Papers. Using this method would grant Udall immunity from prosecution. What was lacking from any analysis of the idea was what Udall actually thought about it. Today The Denver Post talked to Udall, and he's keeping all his options open to try to get the information from the torture report:

In his first interview since Election Day, Udall told The Denver Post that he would "keep all options on the table," including a rarely-used right given to federal lawmakers, to publicize a secret report about the harsh interrogation techniques used by CIA agents in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

He also vowed to make one final push to curb the National Security Agency and its power to gather information on ordinary Americans.

"Trying to run out the clock … is not an option," Udall said Thursday of the long-hidden CIA report. "The truth will come out."

Read more here. Udall did say he hoped he wouldn't have to resort to such a method of getting the report out and believes both sides are close to an agreement.

(Hat tip to Trevor Timm)

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  1. I’m surprised. Seems like elected officials usually wait until they’re out of office for a while before they decide to get all reasonable.

  2. I’ll donate money to his favorite charity if he does it on Festivus.

    1. Good article which hits almost all of the salient points. Unfortunately, the responses I’ve seen from NN supporters to all of them is basically “I HATE COMCAST FOR THROTTLING MY TORRENTS”. It’s astounding how stupid and childish they are, and how they would throw away all the freedom of the internet that they enjoy for such pathetic, shortsighted, and petty reasons.

      NN supporters really are some of the dumbest fucks out there.

      1. “It’s astounding how stupid and childish they are, and how they would throw away all the freedom of the internet that they enjoy for such pathetic, shortsighted, and petty reasons.”

        That chocolate ration looks pretty good!

        1. Its a psychological thing with these people. Doesn’t matter how fast your connection is, *someone* was able to pay for a faster one so yours *must* be being deliberately throttled in an evil capitalist scheme to get people to pay for the faster service, which ‘should just be the normal service’.

          Nevermind that if people are willing to pay for faster speeds then their will be an incentive to keep increasing the max – and those on the lower tiers will see their speeds increase as the people paying for the fast connections fund infrastructure improvements.

      2. Dumbest fucks is a huge understatement.

      3. It’s as if they think that the FCC won’t agree that throttling torrents of pirated material isn’t a reasonable thing to do. Which of course it will, considering that the government goes all out to prosecute piracy, even acting as the MPAA’s hired guns.

  3. I will not be standing near this guy for the next couple months.

  4. He shouldn’t announce what he’s going to do before he does it.

    He should just do it.

    If he keeps talking about it, the newspapers will probably report it–and then Obama will find out about it.

    …and then what’s he gonna do?

    “Using this method would grant Udall immunity from prosecution.”

    Since when has the Obama Administration cared about stuff like that?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqomZQMZQCQ

    Didn’t Obama call Snowden a traitor for doing the same thing?

    Homie better get himself squared away with Ecuador first.

    1. OMG, you could only WISH for President Obamessiah persecuting an outgoing Democrat U.S. Senator for making His Admin look bad.

      Pass the fuckin’ popcorn!

    2. Right, he should just do it. Because if he enters the information in the Congressional Record, that information can then be published freely.

  5. Naturally, one of the guys voted out was actually doing something worthwhile

    1. If he’d done this before the election he’d probably still be a Senator.

    2. He was also a big “War On Women” mouthpiece apparently.

    3. If he has actually run on this instead of 100% abortion all the time, he probably would have won. He even pissed off his donors.

      Also, if Harry Reid had actually given him a vote on any of his issues before the election, he probably would have won.

      Or if he had actually manned up and voted against the author of the drone memos, David Barron, when nominated for a judgeship, instead of complaining but then voting the party line. (Vote was 51 or 52 in favor, Udall and Wyden could have sunk it.)

      He talks a nice game, but party loyalty comes first. That’s what killed him.

  6. Has Peter King accused him of treason, yet?

    1. If a just God truly existed, Peter King would spontaneously combust if he did that.

  7. Oh who cares?

  8. Had he run on this instead of the “War on Women” meme, I wonder if he might have been reelected?

  9. “…Udall did say he hoped he wouldn’t have to resort to such a method of getting the report out and believes both sides are close to an agreement.”

    Let’s hope both sides don’t find an agreement. An agreement will only be about limiting what Udall would otherwise be inclined to expose.

  10. Sen. Udall Considering Revealing Torture Report Contents Before Stepping Down.

    Now he’s just being an idiot.

    You don’t give the people who don’t want this thing released any sort of indication that you’re going to do it. just get out there and do it.

    Or maybe he’s hoping someone will offer him some stuff, to ‘help out in his next career’, to just walk away.

    1. Nah. He’s been pretty good on this stuff. Have a feeling it’s more of a “you’d better agree to the release or I’m just going to do it anyways, and it’s going to go a lot worse for you that way”

      1. They don’t negotiate with “terrorists”.

        Right now, they’re probably just trying to figure out a way to ruin his reputation and discredit him if he talks.

        1. Right now, they’re probably just trying to figure out a way to bribe him with a cushy job after he retires if he keeps quiet as well.

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