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Steve Casey: CIA Material

30 May

The ACLU has an ongoing FOIA demand and lawsuit for documents related to the treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody overseas.

Below is a page from a CIA Office of the Inspector General review of the CIA’s interrogation and detention program.

So, we know they waterboarded suspects, and the rest, as the ACLU suggests, is left up to one’s imagination.

This sort of governmental transparency and openness is reminiscent of Buffalo’s own City Hall. See here, and here, and here.

At least the City of Buffalo is in good company.

Also – as an aside – the City’s FOIL policy is a story in and of itself. An administration that ran on CitiStat and transparency has implemented GIGO on one, and completely shut down the other.

And furthermore, the audit of the Mayor’s Impact Team underscores the complete ineffectiveness – or possibly gaming of – CitiStat, which is only as good as the information it is fed. Seems as if the system can be rigged to spit out whatever predetermined conclusion the administration wants – it all depends on the data going in. Its failure to discover longstanding malfeasance in that department leads one to wonder what other events of colossal FAIL remain undetected.