Pseudonyms deleted from U.S. Senate CIA torture report


The Obama administration is said to have deleted a bunch of fake names from "the public version of a long-awaited report" on the CIA’s use of torture on war-on-terror detainees, McClatchy reports.

“Redactions are supposed to remove names or anything that could compromise sources and methods, not to undermine the source material so that it is impossible to understand,” Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) of the Senate Intelligence Committee said. “Try reading a novel with 15 percent of the words blacked out. It can’t be done properly.”

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  1. We don't want the turrists to figure out our pseudonym technology.

  2. There are 56 words in the following sample paragraph pulled from the article. 15% = 8.4 (round to 8). Here's what it looks like "redacted" using spoiler tags.

    “This administration and the relevant national security agencies have indicated a willingness to sit down with those who have spoken out about this just in the last couple of days to try to find some common ground here and satisfy their concerns so that we can get this report released as quickly as possible,” he said.

    Just 15% of information in text is enough to completely obscure meaning.

  3. All clear now

  4. So you know about the soufflé, eh? wink

  5. I'm going to assume that a lot of redactions revolve around Dick Cheney's direct involvement. I'm not kidding. He was very pro-active in demanding torture, under the delusion that as long as we don't call it torture, it isn't torture. Karl Rove instilled that kind of delusion in all of W's administration, that you can create your own private reality, at odds with actual reality, and if you repeat your delusions enough, they become true. With FoxNews running point on that one, it seems to have worked pretty well. Hopefully releasing this report with references to the war criminals not redacted will blow some big holes in that theory.

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