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February 16, 2005

CIA No Longer Wants to Imprison the Elderly

So the CIA agreed to be in charge of detaining terrorist leaders after 9-11, when they thought everyone in DC would expand their mission and pull weight on the "war" against terrorism. The CIA pushed for explicit support of their torture techniques, which they got in 2002. They're frustrated that the administration is withdrawing support for the chaos and leaving them "holding the bag."

The C.I.A.'s current leadership is concerned, the officials said, that the legal authority for interrogations and detentions is eroding, and that there is no clear plan for how the agency can extricate itself from what could be a lengthy task of holding and caring for a small population of aging terrorists whose intelligence value is steadily evaporating and who are unlikely ever to be released or brought to trial.
Poor, blameless spooks. I feel so sorry for their predicament. [/dripping sarcasm]

From "C.I.A. is Seen as Seeking New Role on Detainees," by Douglas Jehl with reporting by Jehl, David Johnston, and Neil Lewis in WaPo

Posted by cj at February 16, 2005 9:53 AM

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