Only a few days ago acting CIA chief Mike Morell broke a bit of news on enhanced interrogation, taking a different view than the party line espoused by Sen. Diane Feinstein.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers accused the CIA of misleading the makers of the Osama bin Laden raid film "Zero Dark Thirty" by allegedly telling them that harsh interrogation methods helped track down the terrorist mastermind.
A Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA's detainee program found that such methods produced no useful intelligence.
The CIA's acting director, Michael Morell, recently contradicted that finding. In a statement last month to employees, he said that while the film was wrong to depict harsh techniques as key to finding bin Laden, those interrogations did produce some useful intelligence.
"Some came from detainees subjected to enhanced techniques, but there were many other sources as well," Morell said.
In a letter to the CIA this week, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., John McCain, R-Ariz., and others asked Morell to back up his claim and to share documents showing what the filmmakers were told.
It will be interesting to see this cleared up. Or hushed up. I think the CIA has an institutional bias towards justifying its past behavior. On the other side, Ms. Feinstein et al knew their answers about the efficacy of enhanced interrogation before they began their investigation. As to the truth, who will know?