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Senator Feinstein and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) continue working to declassify a lengthy report that government officials who have seen it said presents the Bush-era Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in a negative light. The leaks say the report doesn’t accuse the CIA of engaging in torture. However, President Obama just condemned the U.S. of doing just that following the September 11, 2001 attacks and the report will undoubtedly be interpreted as condemning the CIA of so-called torture regardless of what it actually says. (See, for instance, how The New York Times is already doing just that.)
Yet even with this condemnation of the Bush-era CIA and U.S. there has not been a word from Senator Feinstein, the SSCI, or anyone else about investigating the Obama-era CIA for an intelligence operation that clearly resulted in people being murdered (and perhaps tortured) because of it.
The Guardian reported in 2011 that the CIA used a fake vaccination program as part of an intelligence operation to gather DNA that would verify Osama Bin Laden’s location in the Pakistani building where the U.S. eventually killed him. This information about the intelligence operation (either obtained from the U.S. or Pakistani government) became widely known and Islamic jihadists have used it ever since as a reason to murder people.
Reports of jihadists murdering vaccination workers have occurred on a semi-regular basis following 2011. And while jihadists and third-world nations had been untrusting of medical workers prior to 2011, the intelligence operation used to collect the DNA that led to the Bin Laden raid exacerbated that distrust. In fact, the attacks against vaccination workers had become so bad that the Obama administration recently pledged not to use vaccination programs in intelligence operations any longer:
A top White House official has pledged that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as cover for spying operations. The agency used the ruse in targeting Osama bin Laden before the U.S. raid that killed him in 2011. . . .
In 2012, the United Nations suspended a polio vaccination effort in Pakistan after gunmen killed several health workers. Taliban militants accused health workers of acting as spies for the U.S.
The open admission that a U.S. intelligence operation caused jihadists to ramp up their murdering of people would have been understood in previous eras. Yet that understanding clearly no longer applies as proven by the hysteria over Bush-era intelligence practices.
No one politically opposed to Senator Feinstein or the Obama administration has shown any indication that they want an investigation of the Obama-era CIA for its intelligence operation that resulted in an increase of jihadist murders. And Senator Feinstein, the Obama administration, and the rest of their allies certainly won’t initiate one on their own since the investigation into the Bush-era CIA has been a purely partisan attack.
Therefore, expect that the answer to the question, “Will Dianne Feinstein launch a torture investigation of the Obama administration?” to be, “No,” unless something drastically changes.