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It has been an unlikely Washington feud, pitting a determined Senator Dianne Feinstein, the implacable chairman of the Senate intelligence committee and long regarded as a supporter of the Central Intelligence Agency, against the agency's equally stubborn director, John Brennan.The initial mistake here was probably the CIA's, for inadvertently putting the document – an unofficial draft by midlevel CIA staffers – in a computer system where Senate investigators could grab it.The CIA's Office of Security rashly searched the Senate staff's computers at a CIA facility – triggering an investigation by the agency's inspector general. Whereupon, the CIA general counsel imprudently sent a "crimes report" to the Justice Department requesting an investigation of how the Senate staffers had obtained the Panetta document.Brennan shouldn't have waged this fight: The CIA never really wins when it battles Congress. But Feinstein should recognize that the reason to oppose torture is because it's immoral – not because a prosecutorial, 6,300-page Senate report claims that it never works.
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