July 1st, 2009
04:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Release of CIA interrogation report delayed

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.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Great – Obama throws up a bunch of graphs and numbers then works to block the REAL information. That's transparency. That is a scam.

    Question Authority!
    Question The Man!
    (even if he smiles nicely)

    July 1, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. jaye

    All the republicans back the torture they imposed on the prisoners – and they know its wrong to torture. Shame on all of them.

    July 1, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Eileen

    "Many fewer redactions...more substance"

    Good then we can all see that Cheney was wrong once again.

    July 1, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. What is Obama covering up.......

    by not allowing the documents to be released?

    July 1, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. liberalley

    If the military wants to torture its recruit then thats fine, they ask for it when they signed up. Prisoners of war didn't...

    July 1, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Melissa

    Thats fine so long as they release it by the end of this year.

    July 1, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The memoes are just going to confirm what the public knew from the jump. We tortured prisoners. These memoes should be kept classified. I'm all for a transparent government, but when releasing these memoes will do nothing except fuel anger against us and put our troops in further danger. I'm confident in the comments made by Sen. Levin a few weeks back stating that the torture of the "high value" detainees did not save American lives.

    July 1, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. alvino

    Release them! We already know that Cheney lied and the CIA went even beyond what "W" thought they were doing.

    July 1, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Tim

    C'mon Pres. Obama, where's the transparency? Just release the report and let the prosecution of Bush, et. al. commence.

    July 1, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Arnold

    Don't Don't Please Never Ever Release the CIA interrogation reports.

    Don't Don't Please Never Ever Release the Iraq War WMDs intelligence reports.

    We don't want Bush and Cheney to be tried by the UNO's International Court of Justice for War Crimes.

    July 1, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Larry

    After all the press surrounding the interrogation techniques used at Gitmo it really doesn't matter if the reports are released or not.

    The initial photos released from Abu Graih prison and all the publicity since have shown that torture was condoned by the CIA to get information and this torture was ordered by Bush and Cheney.

    Bush and Cheney should be prosecuted as war criminals.

    July 1, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. DavidinCA

    I applaud them for pausing a minute to consider what the heck they are doing by releasing this kind of report to the world. The question should be if this is all about high standards of national behavior or low standards of national politics.

    July 1, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Tim

    Obama must be incompetent, he can't figure out what is important. My guess is all the good things that came out of the highly effective enhanced enterogation methods is redacted.

    Cheney better get his mojo working again, we have some more pathetic attempts to rewrite history on the way.

    July 1, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Tim

    liberalley July 1st, 2009 4:22 pm ET

    If the military wants to torture its recruit then thats fine, they ask for it when they signed up. Prisoners of war didn't…

    You are wrong on three counts in your short post. First, enhanced interogation is not torture, it was carefully crafted to stop short of torture. Second, we didn't perform enhanced interogation techniques on any prisoners of war, only on enemy combatants who, by definition, are excluded from the protections of the Geneva conventions. Third, the people who we performed these techniques on did sign up for what they got when they killed 3,000 innocent civilians.

    Stay away from the white linen, your bleading heart will stain it.

    July 1, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Sick -n- Tired

    I guess there's still too many pages of important details left to "Blackout" to protect the guilty as usual!

    July 1, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Melissa

    What is Obama covering up.......

    seriously... what is wrong with you? This isn't Obama, this is the CIA that made this decision.

    Why do you think that Obama controls every aspect of the American gvt all by himself? You do understand that there are other people that work for the gvt and that many of those people can actually do things without the President having a say... right?

    July 1, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. DawnL,CA

    Now is not the time to release the CIA's report. We all have a pretty good idea of what it contains. There is enough hate for America around the world without giving them further ammo. Our troops will be in more danger than they are now-they deserve better from us. These documents will come out sooner or later. Then we can get Bush & Cheney.

    July 1, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Paul from Kissimmee

    It's kinda funny to see the liberals calling for jail time not for breaking the law, (because they didn't break any laws), but just for not being like them. Funny or sad?

    July 1, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. HJA

    Tim July 1st, 2009 5:13 pm ET

    "Obama must be incompetent, he can't figure out what is important. My guess is all the good things that came out of the highly effective enhanced enterogation methods is redacted"

    Uh, I think the proper word is torture. You know, like what we executed the Japanese and Germans for after WW2. Remember??

    July 1, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Roger

    Republicans call Obama a Muslim.

    So What?

    Bush is a Hitler.

    We prefer a Muslim to a Hitler.

    July 1, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Robin

    CIA tapes, Sanford's affair, and Al Franken.

    Talk about smoke screens that keep Libs foaming at the mouth.

    How about Cap and Trade CNN? Where are you articles about the issues that are really going to make a difference in our lives?

    July 1, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Marc

    Paul from Kissimmee – Please tell us WHERE is it wrotten that torture is legal in the US. Which LAW turned it a legal procedure in the US?

    July 1, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Andrew

    I can now Imagine why Limbaugh's Mom and Dad named him RUSH !!

    Because he has a very Rushing Mouth.

    His Mouth always Rushes of Garbage Talk.

    Rush Limbaugh Rush...... Rush it all the Way. Rush till you Last.
    Never Stop Rushing.

    Rush you are the Rushiest Rusher. 🙂

    July 1, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    @ Dutch, who said "but when releasing these memoes will do nothing except fuel anger against us and put our troops in further danger."

    Biggest misperception about this whole thing. The reality is, the "muslim world" wants to (and needs to) see that we are capable of acknowledging when we have done wrong and holding ourselves AND OUR LEADERS accountable for it. Otherwise, we are failing miserably at being a "shining example" that democracy works. Sure, it brought an emormous regime change and paradigm shift in our collective thinking and policies when we went through our election process and Obama took the helm, but what good is all that if we glibly move on as if the past 8 years (or several decades) never happened? So no, the muslim world will not be further enraged...some may attempt to use the memos in that manner, of course...but the vast majority will see it as a step towards contrition.

    July 1, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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