As news of Bill Maher’s racial slur filled the airwaves, Donald Trump moved to erase history and cover up war crimes committed by the US. Given what Americans already know about the secret torture and murders, the fact that even more evidence exists is shocking.
While the mainstream media devoted an agonizing amount of coverage to an HBO host’s use of a racial slur, it ignored the Trump Administration’s efforts to further bury war crimes committed by the United States—even though the latter is arguably more alarming and offensive.
Those war crimes were detailed in the 2014 CIA torture report from the Senate Intelligence Committee. The report gave insight into the gruesome, cruel methods used by CIA agents in their attempts to extract information from suspected Al-Qaeda members after 9/11.
The full 6,700-page report has never been released to the public, and there is a good chance it won’t make any progress under President Trump. He has reportedly begun returning all copies of the classified report to Congress, following requests from Sen. Richard Burr, the intelligence committee’s current Republican chairman.
“I have directed my staff to retrieve copies of the Congressional study that remain with the Executive Branch agencies, and as the Committee does with all classified and compartmented information, will enact the necessary measures to protect the sensitive sources and methods contained within the report,” Burr said in a statement to Reuters.