Regarding the release today of the Senate Torture Report (full report embedded in Nick Gillespie's post below) President Obama issued a statement in which he praised America and its CIA for its wonderful virtues, assured us he is against torture and that he, good guy that he is, stopped it while continuing to be fully dedicated to crushing America's foes across the globe.
Obama also stated that "I have consistently supported the declassification of today's report. No nation is perfect. But one of the strengths that makes America exceptional is our willingness to openly confront our past, face our imperfections…."
Yet footnote two on page nine of the report tells us:
The Committee did not have access to approximately 9,400 CIA documents related to the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program that were withheld by the White House pending a determination and claim of executive privilege. The Committee requested access to these documents over several years, including in writing on January 3, 2013, May 22, 2013, and December 19, 2013. The Committee received no response from the White House.
Face those imperfections, President Obama.