Efficiency no justification for criminal activity – Snowden on CIA torture report

VIDEO, 30.01 min, published on Russia Today RT, Dec 10, 2014 (download video, 236.86 MB).

The world cannot accept efficiency as an excuse for what is essentially “criminal behavior” on the part of the CIA, former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden told Amnesty International via a Paris-Moscow video link.

Snowden, who still resides in Russia under an asylum request, told Amnesty International that morality cannot be tossed aside for the sake of so-called “efficiency” when it comes to the activities of the CIA.  

“A government could say that rape has a positive effect because we have a declining demographic crisis in the country… Efficiency has no place in the debate about right and wrong,” Snowden said, agreeing to the question about whether the US is in deep moral crisis … //

… The roughly 6,000-page report was finally published by the Senate Intelligence Committee, and gave the panel’s findings following a four-year- investigation conducted at a cost of more than $40 million.

READ MORE: Facing justice: UN, HRW, Amnesty call for prosecuting US officials for torture.

Among the report’s findings: the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence; the CIA’s justification for the use of such tactics rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness; the interrogations and conditions of confinement of detainees was “far brutal and far worse” than the CIA claimed; and that the CIA “actively avoided or impeded congressional oversight of the program.”

Snowden currently lives in Russia, where he received a three-year residence permit in August 2014. Snowden faces conviction and imprisonment in the US should he choose to return.

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