Versatile Blogger Award, thanks Mahesh Nair!

Versatile Blogger Award

Mahesh Nair of the blog The Write Might has been so kind to nominate my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this generous gesture!

The rules of this award are:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.

2. Nominate 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award and include a link to their site (and tell them that you have nominated them).

3. State 7 things about yourself.

Seven things about me:

1. From where did most visits to my blog come today so far?

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India FlagIndia 4
Germany FlagGermany 4
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2. From where did most visits to my blog come this week?

Top Views by Country for 7 days ending 2014-04-08 (Summarized)

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3. Which blog posts and pages attracted most visits so far today?

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Home page / Archives 48
Male Mormons exclude women 16
Sarin gas attack in Syria and the Turkish government 9
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 7
Costa Rican frogs and spiders 6
New Mexico dinosaurs, new study 4
Nepali women workers exploited in Bahrain, Kuwait 4
Fukushima, Japan disaster news update 4
German anti war artist Käthe Kollwitz 4
Great crested grebe courtship, video 3

4. Which blog posts and pages attracted most visits this month?

Top Posts for 30 days ending 2014-04-08 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 2,309
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 342
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 134
Most hated animals top 50 116
Two lion cubs in Lady Liuwa’s pride in Zambia 112
About 102
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 88
Male Mormons exclude women 80
Slavery and love in Suriname, new film 73
Poas volcano in Costa Rica 72
Poisonous caterpillars infest Spurn Point in England 70
UK: cash for peerages police investigation may bring Blair to court 67
The Lighthouse Award, thank you, Horty! 67
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 66
European Union greenwash, cartoon 63
USA: ancient Egyptian sarcophagus as corporate boss’ plaything 62
Costa Rican flowers, butterflies and bees 61
Pre-Inca archaeological discoveries in Peru 59
German anti war artist Käthe Kollwitz 58
Costa Rica, Baltimore oriole and squirrel 57
Skunk Anansie singer Skin interviewed 55
Costa Rican butterflies and birds, 14 March 51

5. Which referrers referred most to my blog this month?

Referrers for 30 days ending 2014-04-08 (Summarized)

Referrer Views
Search Engines 8,201
WordPress Dashboard 210 Reader 171 117 83
Twitter 67
Facebook 58 41

6. Most popular topics Dear Kitty. Some blog has written about recently:

Topic Views
Human rights 581
Environment 549
Economic, social, trade union, etc. 545
Crime 348
Peace and war 334
UK 321
Birds 285
Netherlands 279
Women’s issues 240

If you tag your posts effectively, this panel will show you which topics get the most traffic. Snapshot generated from your top posts over the past week.

7. Top recent commenters at my blog:

Dr. Rex 53
donwreford 24
Nancy 22
davidprosser 17
tazeinmirzasaad 15
sherayx 15

* Based on the 1000 most recent comments.

My fifteen nominees are:

1. Foreign Wanders

2. Moorbey’z Blog

3. Earthniversity

4. little hiawatha

5. Bosnian Beauty Pics

6. samariaexperience


8. createthissimple

9. Mad Cow Theatre

10. Modern History Blogger

11. AidiGR

12. Mariam Sodawater

13. Frank G. Photography

14. wandering rush

15. 20/20 Hines Sight

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Peace and Justice Award, thanks belsbror!

Peace and Justice Award

Belsbror has been so generous to nominate this blog for the Peace and Justice Award.

Thanks so much for this kind gesture!

The founder of this award, Idealistic Rebel, explains the award in her own words:

“I am creating this award to honor WordPress bloggers who support Peace and Justice throughout the world and who are against Racism, Bigotry, Anger and Hatred. It is the for the Heroes and the Sheroes who believe in One World and All People of all Races, Sexes, Religions, Creeds and Cultures Living in Harmony.”

Here are the rules for the award:

1. Recipients should frequently write about Peace, Justice, Love — the goodness in the world, or putting goodness in the world.
2. Recipients may also frequently call attention to the bigotry or racism that happens in the world.
3. Link back to whomever nominated you and, since this is about goodness, politely thank them.
4. Spread the love to whomever and however many you believe deserve it!

My nominees are:

1. I can’t relax in Greece

2. XCLUSIVX fanzine

3. scaling the chalkface

4. Think Left

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Homophobe resigns as Mozilla boss

This video from the USA is called Brendan Eich resigns as Mozilla’s CEO.

From Ars Technica:

Brendan Eich resigns as Mozilla Corporation CEO

Chairwoman offers unequivocal apology with announcement: “We must do better.”

by Sam Machkovech – Apr 3 2014, 9:30pm +0200


Less than two weeks after drawing controversy over his appointment as CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, Brendan Eich has resigned from the position.

In a post at Mozilla’s official blog, executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker confirmed the news with an unequivocal apology on the company’s behalf. “Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it,” Baker wrote. “We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.”

The action comes days after dating site OKCupid became the most vocal opponent of Eich’s hiring. Mozilla offered repeated statements about LGBT inclusivity within the company over the past two weeks, but those never came with a specific response from Eich about his thousands of dollars of donations in support of Proposition 8, a California ballot measure that sought to ban gay marriage in the state.

The notice of resignation does not clarify Eich’s future with Mozilla, a company he cofounded in 1998 and became CTO of in 2005. It also stands in stark contrast to an interview Eich gave to The Guardian yesterday, in which he defended his personal, political actions and said they would not get in the way of his work as CEO. “I think I’m the best person for the job and I’m doing the job,” Eich said in the interview.

Scotland: Man who murdered wife said she was a ‘cheating lesbian whore’: here.

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Non-Muslim PTSD soldier kills, Islamophobe calls for massacring Muslims

This video from the USA says about itself:

Islamophobia: Melissa Boigon at TEDxGallatin 2013

22 September 2013

Melissa Boigon is a graduate of the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her studies focused on the relationship between international political dynamics and prejudices against Muslims in the United States.

As an Iraq war veteran with PTSD killed others and himself in Texas … some extreme Rightists think we need far more bloodshed still.

By James Bloodworth in Britain:

Breitbart contributor: “Time for Americans to start slaughtering Muslims in the streets”

April 3, 2014

A contributor to right-wing Breitbart website has called on Twitter for Americans to “start slaughtering Muslims in the streets”.


A writer for the American-based conservative website, which recently set up in the UK, made the comment on Twitter as news broke of a shooting at the Ford Hood military base in Texas. There is no evidence whatsoever that the perpetrator of the attack was a Muslim.

Dollard’s Twitter profile lists him as a ‘contributing journalist’ at Breitbart and he has his own author’s page on the website – albeit with no articles.

Pat Dollardj

Breitbart recently started a UK franchise, headed by Telegraph journalist James Delingpole and Raheem Kassam of the Henry Jackson Society. Let’s hope that none of the writers for the British site share Dollard’s bloodthirsty and racist sentiments.

Why the Iraq war has produced more PTSD than the conflict in Afghanistan: here.

New York Police Unit That Spied on Muslims Is Disbanded: here.

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Sunshine Award, thank you Afsheen Anjum!

Sunshine Award

My dear blogging friend Afsheen Anjum of the blog Dreams to Reality ! had been so generous to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Sunshine Award.

Thank you for this kind gesture!

The rules of this award are:

-Announce in a post that you received the Award and display the Award icon in your post.
-Thank the blogger who nominated you.
-Write 10 interesting things about yourself.
-Nominate 10 great and inspirable bloggers to receive the Award.
-Link your nominees and let them know they have been awarded.

Ten things about myself:

1. Most visits to my blog, so far today, came from:

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2. Most visits to my blog this month came from:

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United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 2,107
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Jamaica FlagJamaica 564
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 557
Australia FlagAustralia 535
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3. Remarkably, this month, as my reports on Costa Rica started, the blog got more visits from Costa Rica than usually.

4. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits to my blog today?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 50
Costa Rican bird photos 10
Famous silent film rediscovery 10
Bertolt Brecht opera on British stage 7
Long-tailed duck, video 6
Robin singing, butterfly flying at cemetery 6
Squirrel ‘shares’ food, video 5
Hitler’s propaganda in 1930s Britain 5
British woman’s ill-treatment in private prison 4
Stop anti-disabled people corporation Atos 4

5. Which blog posts or pages attracted most visits to my blog this month?

Top Posts for 30 days ending 2014-04-03 (Summarized)

Title Views
Home page / Archives 2,391
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 350
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 145
Pre-Inca archaeological discoveries in Peru 116
Most hated animals top 50 115
Two lion cubs in Lady Liuwa’s pride in Zambia 111
About 90
Dutch in Suriname, most cruel slave-masters 84
Slavery and love in Suriname, new film 76
The Lighthouse Award, thank you, Horty! 73
Poas volcano in Costa Rica 70
USA: ancient Egyptian sarcophagus as corporate boss’ plaything 67
Thai women’s escape from Bahraini forced prostitution 65
European Union greenwash, cartoon 63
Poisonous caterpillars infest Spurn Point in England 62
Costa Rican flowers, butterflies and bees 60
Dutch poet Leo Vroman dies 58
Costa Rica, Baltimore oriole and squirrel 57
Skunk Anansie singer Skin interviewed 54
UK: cash for peerages police investigation may bring Blair to court 53
Great white shark Lydia’s record-breaking journey 53
German anti war artist Käthe Kollwitz 53
Costa Rican butterflies and birds, 14 March 51
Less posts on this blog 50
To the wildlife in Costa Rica, 13 March 49
Pope Francis I, the Vatican, and the Heracles myth 47
Awards 46
Valuable sperm whale vomit discovered by small boy 46
Great spotted cuckoo in Wales 46
Costa Rica hummingbirds and other mountain birds 45
Bronzino painting restored after prude censorship 43
Frequently asked questions 41
Miniskirt ban in Italy 41
New Ukrainian government includes anti-Semites 39
Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, thank you Kelly! 36

6. While I was in Costa Rica, my blog visit numbers, ever since I moved to WordPress in December 2011, passed the 400,000 mark. The figure is 404,780 by now. Thank you, everyone!

7. Which referrers referred most to my blog this month?

Referrers for 30 days ending 2014-04-03 (Summarized)

Referrer Views
Search Engines 8,281
WordPress Dashboard 199 Reader 140 88 75
Facebook 70 55
Twitter 52 35 26 24 15 15 15 14 14 12 12 9 9

8. Which search terms brought most visits to my blog this month?

Search Terms for 30 days ending 2014-04-03 (Summarized)

Search Views
lighthouse 17
vicenza italy 11
most hated animals 9
tony blair response to icc uk investigation 8
poisonous caterpillars 7
sexual assault in the united states military 7
bijju animal 6
egyptian sarcophagus 6

9. Most popular topics Dear Kitty. Some blog has written about recently:

Topic Views
Human rights 514
Economic, social, trade union, etc. 475
Environment 390
Crime 332
Peace and war 303
UK 272
Birds 260
Netherlands 239
Biology 236

If you tag your posts effectively, this panel will show you which topics get the most traffic. Snapshot generated from your top posts over the past week.

10. 2,331 people follow my blog. 166 people follow comments at my blog.

My ten nominees are:

1. Konni Kim Designs

2. Globe Drifting

3. Just Mad Stuff

4. Voices from the Margins

5. Ronnie’s Blog

6. kyangel17

7. Stephanie Eusebi Nutrition & Wellness

8. tripelonia

9. Արսեն Նազոյան

10. Sunset Boulevard

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Homophobe becomes Mozilla boss

This video from the USA is called Mozilla Firefox Fallout: Brendan Eich‘s Proposition 8 Support Sparks Backlash From Employees, OkCupid.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

OkCupid boycotts Firefox after ‘homophobic’ CEO appointment

Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Brendan Eich donated money to anti-gay rights group Proposition 8

A popular dating website began yesterday a boycott to a homophobic internet browser.

Free online dating group OkCupid has launched a boycotting campaign against Mozilla Firefox after the internet browser company appointed anti-gay rights supporter Brendan Eich as its new CEO.

Users attempting to access the website through Firefox were met with a landing page requesting they opt for another browser.

“If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8 per cent of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal,” read the statement.

Mr Eich openly donated $1,000 (£600) to the Proposition 8 campaign, which put forward the view that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

OkCupid — which had over 10 million unique hits only last month — said its very nature was “creating love.”

To those wanting to undermine love, they wish “nothing but failure.”

Mozilla has released a statement denying homophobia but omitting its CEO’s political agenda.

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Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, thank you Kelly!

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

My blogging friend Kelly of the blog anuncommonkindofgirl has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.

Thank you so much for this kind gesture; all the best for you and your blog!

The rules of this award are:

1-The nominee of The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her blog.

2-The nominee shall nominate 14 bloggers they appreciate over a period of 7 days, all at once or little by little; linking to their blogs and telling them about it at their blogs.

My nominees are:

1. transcendingbordersblog

2. Babsje Heron

3. naomikko

4. north london running girl

5. The Write Might

6. Be Like Water

7. Backpacking with Chad

8. Wandering Woody

9. mmaaeeggss


11. Ker’s Corner

12. Leanne Louie

13. Coffee Shop Rabbi

14. adamhersey

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Less posts on this blog

Blogging, cartoon

During the next weeks, I will be on the Internet far less often than usually, if at all.

Don’t despair, as I expect blog posts on beautiful wildlife and interesting photos.

So, see all of you again!

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CIA violates United States constitution, Senator Feinstein says

This video from the USA is called Senator Dianne Feinstein: CIA Hacked Congress and Possibly ‘Violated’ Constitution.

By Barry Grey in the USA:

Senate Intelligence head accuses CIA of undermining US “constitutional framework”

12 March 2014

In an extraordinary speech delivered Tuesday on the floor of the US Senate, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, accused the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of spying on committee staff members conducting an investigation into the agency’s program of detention, interrogation and torture under President George W. Bush.

Feinstein directly accused the CIA of violating the US Constitution, specifically its core principle of the separation of powers between the various branches of government. She warned that the agency’s actions “may have undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities or any other government function.” She added that the CIA likely also breached the Fourth Amendment’s ban on arbitrary searches and seizures, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and an executive order that prohibits the CIA from carrying out domestic searches or surveillance.

“I have asked for an apology and a recognition that this CIA search of computers used by its oversight committee was inappropriate,” she said. “I have received neither.”

There are few, if any, historical precedents for such a direct charge from the floor of the Senate of criminal behavior against the US spy agency. Moreover, such accusations against CIA Director John Brennan, one of President Obama’s closest associates, could have serious legal and political consequences for the White House. Tuesday’s remarks by Feinstein reflect a profound crisis within the American state.

Feinstein, a Democrat from California, spoke for an hour and reviewed in considerable detail the multi-year effort of the CIA to impede the committee’s investigation by withholding and removing access to documents, lying, and illegally penetrating and searching the computers of committee staffers working on the probe.

As Feinstein charged, these actions constitute grave violations of the US Constitution and existing law. She accused the CIA of attempting to intimidate the committee—and, by extension, Congress—and suggested that the US constitutional system of checks and balances was under dire threat, calling the present situation “a defining moment.”

Choosing her words carefully, Feinstein implied that the motive behind the CIA’s actions was a desire to cover up and block from public view the enormity of the crimes carried out during the Bush years in connection with secret CIA “black site” prisons and the abuse and torture of alleged terrorists detained in them. Brennan for a time headed up the CIA detention and interrogation program under Bush and was on record defending so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques such as water-boarding.

Obama put off naming Brennan as head of the CIA during his first term because of concerns that his role in Bush torture programs would complicate his Senate confirmation. Instead, Obama made Brennan his chief counterterrorism adviser, at which post he oversaw the White House’s “kill lists” and drone assassination program. Obama nominated Brennan to take over the CIA after his reelection, and Brennan was handily confirmed, with lopsided Democratic Party support.

In her remarks Tuesday, Feinstein spoke of Intelligence Committee investigators “wading through the horrible details of a CIA program that never, never, never should have existed,” and “an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation.”

Feinstein’s speech was all the more remarkable since she is one of the most slavish defenders of the intelligence agencies and is herself, along with the congressional leadership of both parties and the Obama White House, complicit in the criminal and anti-democratic practices she claimed to be opposing. Feinstein has unreservedly defended mass spying by the National Security Agency and joined in the official witch-hunt against whistle-blowers such as Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.

The fact that she felt obliged to go to the floor of the Senate and charge CIA leaders with impeachable offenses testifies to the increasingly naked manner in which the US security agencies are dispensing with even the trappings of democracy and asserting dictatorial control.

Feinstein said that she was compelled to go public, after seeking for years to conceal tensions and conflicts between her committee and the CIA, because Brennan was responding to committee protests over spying and obstruction by seeking to bring criminal charges against intelligence committee staffers and possibly committee members for allegedly stealing classified CIA documents.

“Let me say up front,” Feinstein declared, “that I come to the Senate floor reluctantly. Since January 15, 2014, when I was informed of the CIA search of this committee’s network, I’ve been trying to resolve this dispute in a discreet and respectful way.”

According to Feinstein’s account, Brennan personally informed her on January 15 that CIA personnel had conducted a search of committee computers, including the work and communications of staffers involved in reviewing CIA documents and drafting the committee’s oversight report. She said Brennan told her the CIA would continue to investigate the alleged unauthorized acquisition of classified documents by the committee.

But speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations Tuesday, Brennan flatly denied Feinstein’s charges. “As far as the allegation of CIA hacking into Senate computers,” he said, “nothing could be further from the truth. That’s just beyond the scope of reason.”

Then, in what appeared to be a thinly veiled threat, he said, “I would just encourage members of the Senate to take their time to make sure that they don’t overstate what they claim and what they probably believe to be the truth. These are some complicated matters.”

The White House leapt to Brennan’s defense. At a news briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Obama had “great confidence” in the CIA director. He added, “You saw the CIA director say today that if there was any inappropriate activity by CIA or by staff, he would, of course, want to get to the bottom of it and certainly the president would agree with that.”

The conflict between the Senate committee and the CIA centers on a 6,300-page report drafted by the committee on the agency’s detention and interrogation practices during the Bush years. Work on the mammoth report began in 2009 and was completed in December of 2012.

The document evidently contains damning information on the criminal practices of the CIA, and the agency has refused to provide clearance for the committee to release an unclassified version to the public. In June 2013, Brennan submitted a 122-page rebuttal denying many of the charges in the Senate report. Brennan’s rejoinder also remains classified.

In the course of the committee’s investigation, the CIA supplied committee staffers with millions of pages of documents, including parts of an internal review of the Bush-era practices commissioned by Brennan’s predecessor, Leon Panetta, known as the “Panetta review.” According to members of the Senate committee, the Panetta review documents confirm the findings in the committee’s report and expose Brennan’s denials as dishonest and false.

It appears that the CIA search of committee computers in January was aimed at determining how staffers obtained the Panetta documents, which the CIA claims are privileged and Feinstein insists were made available to committee investigators as part of the document “dump” provided by the agency.

In her Senate remarks Tuesday, Feinstein said that in late 2013 she requested in writing that the CIA provide the committee with a final and complete version of the internal Panetta review. In early 2014, the agency formally rejected the committee’s request, and shortly thereafter Brennan informed Feinstein and the Republican vice chairman of the committee, Saxby Chambliss, of the CIA search of committee computers.

Feinstein said that two days after the January 15 meeting with Brennan, she wrote a letter to the director objecting to any further CIA probe of the committee on constitutional grounds. She followed that up on January 23 with a letter asking 12 questions regarding the CIA spying on the committee. She has received no reply to either letter, she told the Senate.

Clearly, the CIA is determined to suppress the Panetta review documents and is using intimidation tactics against the Senate to do so.

In her remarks on the Senate floor, Feinstein charged that the CIA illegally removed documents from committee computers several times in the course of the investigation. In 2010, she reported, the White House counsel intervened and assured the committee that there would be no repetition of CIA obstruction of its investigation, a pledge that was quickly broken. Feinstein’s revelation of White House involvement in the disputes between her committee and the CIA strongly implies that Obama was personally aware of what was taking place.

This would be entirely consistent with the policies of the Obama administration, which has seamlessly continued and expanded the illegal and anti-democratic practices of the Bush administration. In her remarks, Feinstein noted that the CIA general counsel who referred alleged Senate theft of classified CIA documents to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution was the chief lawyer for the CIA detention and interrogation program under Bush. “His name is mentioned 1,600 times in our study,” she said.

The massive buildup of the powers of the US intelligence complex, which has reached the point where agencies such as the CIA and NSA operate with impunity and beyond even the nominal control of Congress, is the result of cover-up and complicity by Congress itself, both political parties, and the Obama White House. In her remarks, Feinstein pointed to the 2005 destruction by CIA officials of torture videotapes to explain why the committee felt it was “so important … to protect” its Panetta review documents (from the grasp of the CIA).

What Feinstein did not mention was the Obama administration’s exoneration in 2012 of CIA officials responsible for destroying the tapes. Nor did she note the suppression in 2004 of Abu Ghraib photos by the Pentagon, with the support of both parties in Congress; Obama’s reneging in 2009 on his pledge to release the suppressed photos; or her own refusal to pursue charges against Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for lying to her committee last March when he was asked if the NSA was collecting private data on millions of Americans.

The author also recommends:

CIA caught spying on US Senate
[10 March 2014]

Sen. Feinstein: The CIA Scandal Began Because the CIA Misled Congress About Torture: here.

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to declassify the 480-page executive summary of its massive three-volume, 6,300-page report on the torture of prisoners held in secret CIA prisons between 2002 and 2006. The vote at a closed-door meeting was by a margin of 11-3, with one senator absent. According to media reports, the full report includes previously undisclosed information about brutal and illegal methods employed by the CIA, as well as systematic cover-up and lying by the spy agency: here.

Senator Feinstein: Report into interrogation techniques like waterboarding ‘exposes brutality that stands in sharp contrast to our values as a nation’: here.

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CIA covers up torture, US Senator Feinstein says

This video from the United States Senate says about itself:

Feinstein: CIA Spied on Senate Committee

11 March 2014

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee is accusing the CIA of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture in terror investigations.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Dianne Feinstein launches scathing attack on CIA over alleged cover-up

Intelligence committee chair accuses CIA of intimidation

Feinstein alleges CIA broke law and violated constitution …

Dan Roberts and Spencer Ackerman in Washington

Tuesday 11 March 2014 14.46 GMT

The chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, Dianne Feinstein, on Tuesday accused the Central Intelligence Agency of a catalogue of cover-ups, intimidation and smears aimed at investigators probing its role in an “un-American and brutal” programme of post-9/11 detention and interrogation.

In a bombshell statement on the floor of the US Senate, Feinstein, normally an administration loyalist, accused the CIA of potentially violating the US constitution and of criminal activity in its attempts to obstruct her committee’s investigations into the agency’s use of torture. She described the crisis as a “defining moment” for political oversight of the US intelligence service.

Her unprecedented public assault on the CIA represented an intensification of the row between the committee and the agency over a still-secret report on the torture of terrorist suspects after 9/11. Resolution of the crisis, Feinstein suggested, may come this week at the White House.

Feinstein, who said she was making her statement “reluctantly”, confirmed recent reports that CIA officials had monitored computer networks used by Senate staff investigators. Going further than previously, she referred openly to recent attempts by the CIA to remove documents from the network detailing evidence of torture that would incriminate intelligence officers.

She also alleged that anonymous CIA officials were effectively conducting a smear campaign in the media to discredit and “intimidate” Senate staff by suggesting they had hacked into the agency’s computers to obtain a separate, critical internal report on the detention and interrogation programme.

Staff working on the Senate investigation have been reported to the Department of Justice for possible criminal charges by a lawyer at the CIA who himself features heavily in the alleged interrogation abuses. The CIA’s inspector general has another inquiry open into the issue.

Feinstein said this was a possible attempt at “intimidation” and revealed that CIA officials had also been reported to the Department of Justice for alleged violations of the fourth amendment and laws preventing them from domestic spying.

“This is a defining moment for the oversight role of our intelligence committee … and whether we can be thwarted by those we oversee,” said Feinstein in a special address on the floor of the the US Senate.

“There is no legitimate reason to allege to the Justice Department that Senate staff may have committed a crime… this is plainly an attempt to intimidate these staff and I am not taking it lightly.” …

The committee’s report is still classified, and several of its conclusions are sharply contested by the CIA.

Feinstein said that she would immediately appeal to the White House to declassify the report’s major findings. The White House, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment, is formally on record as supporting the declassification, which the president has the power to order. …

On the Senate floor earlier, Patrick Leahy, chairman of the judiciary committee and the longest serving US senator, described Feinstein’s speech at the most important he had witnessed in his time in Congress.

“I cannot think of any speech by any member of any party as important as the one the senator from California just gave,” Leahy said.

Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, an intelligence committee member, said in a statement he applauded Feinstein for “setting the record straight today on the Senate floor about the CIA’s actions to subvert congressional oversight”.

Udall said: “The actions the chairman outlined are the latest events that illustrate why I directly pushed CIA director Brennan to acknowledge the flaws in and misrepresentations about the CIA’s brutal and ineffective detention and interrogation program.

“Unfortunately, the CIA responded by trying to hide the truth from the American people about this program and undermine the Senate intelligence committee’s oversight role by illegally searching committee computers.”

In her speech, Feinstein described repeated attempts by the CIA to frustrate the work of Senate investigators, including providing the committee staff with a “document dump” of millions of non-indexed pages, requiring years of work to sort through – a necessity, Feinstein said, after former senior CIA official Jose Rodriguez destroyed nearly 100 videotapes showing brutal interrogations of detainees in CIA custody.

“We are not going to stop our investigation and have sent our report to the president in the hope it can be declassified and published for the American people to see,” Feinstein said on the Senate floor.

She said the goal of declassifying the report, exposing the “horrible details of a CIA programme that never, never should have existed,” was to prevent torture from ever again becoming American policy.

Zeke Johnson of Amnesty International called on the White House to publish the committee’s report. “President Obama, who has claimed to have the most transparent administration in history, should move immediately to declassify and release the report. Otherwise, the legacy of torture he inherited will become his own,” he said.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Dianne Feinstein statement on CIA torture report ‘cover-up’ – full text

Senate intelligence committee chair accuses CIA of intimidation in effort to block publication of controversial torture report

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