WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Justice Department has once again delayed the release of the CIA's internal investigation of its controversial interrogation and detention program.
The government had intended to complete its review of the 2004 Inspector General report two weeks ago. But continued interagency debate about how much of the secret report could be made public pushed back the deadline. Last week the Justice Department sent a letter to the Judge overseeing the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit saying it needed until July 1 to complete the process.
A Justice Department official told reporters on Wednesday the lawyers were still pouring through the material. White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said it was doubtful the inter-agency review would be completed this week.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sued the government for the public release of all documents related to the CIA's interrogation and detention program. Last year, the CIA released the IG Report with most of the 109 pages either withheld or heavily blacked out. The ACLU complained to the court that the CIA was withholding information "not for legitimate security reasons." The Obama Administration agreed to review the report to see what more could be released.
A U.S. official familiar with the review said there will be "many fewer redactions... more substance" in the latest version to be released.
White House spokesman Gibbs said there is information previously blacked out in the report that can now be made public because details have come out in other documents. For instance, some of the contents in the IG report were referred to in recently released Justice Department memos from 2005 which outlined the Bush administration's legal justification for the program.
A knowledgeable administration source familiar with the contents of the IG report told CNN the effort by the CIA to detain and interrogate suspected terrorists after the 9/11 attacks will look "uneven" and clearly got off to a "rocky start," maybe even looking "out of control" in those early, hectic days. The source said there were some "unauthorized techniques" used resulting in disciplinary action being taken. According to the source, there were "not strong controls in place" given the intensity and the newsness of the situation the CIA faced.
BTW, "contrition" is precisely what rankles for most of the naysayers. Pride is disgusting.