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This moment is about as American as it gets in the United States, from where I write. The exemplary release of a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA's brutal interrogation techniques reflects the finest practice of citizen oversight of government executive and security agencies, truly one of the United States' great gifts to the world. The discussions since the report's release on Tuesday have mostly centered on several issues: whether the CIA methods constituted "torture"; how honestly and fully the CIA briefed the executive branch and the congressional oversight committees; and whether the interrogations were effective in providing information that truly served American legitimate national security interests, by helping to capture Al-Qaeda operatives or to avert other terror attacks.They define the bigger fundamental issue of how an imperial-minded U.S. uses its immense global military and technological capabilities in any ways it sees fit, and justifies anything it does simply by claiming pre-emptive self-defense in the face of imminent attacks.The second issue that desperately needs discussion and action in our part of the world is about the roles that Middle Eastern countries played in capturing, detaining, interrogating, torturing or transporting detainees that the U.S. sought, and in many cases took to Guantanamo prison. A 2013 report by the Open Society Foundations' Justice Initiative, titled "Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition," charged that 54 governments participated in the CIA's program of "extraordinary rendition".
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