The 31 st of January is the last day at the CIA for general inspector David Buckley, who investigated a disagreement between the CIA and the Congress regarding the handling of the records of the agency’s interrogation and detention procedures. Officials from CIA have mentioned that his departure has nothing to do with politics or any of the cases he investigated.
Buckley served as a senior official in the Treasury and Defense Departments as well at the House Intelligence Committee and the Government Accountability Office in a senior position.
“The CIA inspector general is one of the few people who has tried to impose some accountability on the CIA at a time when the White House and many in Congress are failing to do their oversight jobs,” said Christopher Anders of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, Danielle Brian, said that during his stay Buckley had raised some concerns about the attitude of the CIA in trying to oppose the Senate Intelligence Committee. She believes that his departure after all his work could be troublesome.
Inspector Buckley’s resignation coincided with the issuing of recommendations given by Dianne Feinstein, on the Senate Intelligence Committee, to prevent future use of torture by U.S. agencies. One of her recommendations was to increase the power of the General Inspector. She proposed that the director of CIA to issue and order trough which the Inspector General is notified about all the new agency’s actions and changes in their operations.
She also recommended that the Congress should change the U.S. law by prohibiting torture and to oblige the CIA to hold detainees only for a short period of time. According to her beliefs all interrogations involving national security should be videotaped. Also, the Director of National Intelligence should prohibit contractors in handling spy programs, from interrogating, directing or evaluating.
In July, Buckley released a report regarding the dispute between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee. He found out that some of the employees working for the agency, had “acted in a manner inconsistent” with providing incomplete information regarding the committee’s access to CIA’s special network, which shares documents regarding the agency’s involvement in violent treatment of detained militants.
According to Dianne Feinstein the CIA officers had an improper behavior when searching the network to locate the files.
Buckley has sent the report to the Justice Department. On the other hand, the CIA filed a referred to the Justice Department complaining about the actions of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
After analysis The Justice Department decided that it had insufficient information to open a full case of investigation on the complaints of both, David Buckley’s and the CIA’s.
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