This senator is waging a scorched-earth campaign to protect CIA torturers

Somebody's finally getting punished for torture: the people who uncovered it

Richard Burr
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Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the CIA. He is also that agency's most devoted lapdog in Congress. Since he failed to prevent the 2014 release of the Senate report on the CIA's torture program, he's been looking for some way to punish the people responsible for embarrassing his beloved cabal of incompetent torturers. And he seems to have found his victim.

That would be a lawyer named Alissa Starzak, a former SSCI staffer. For several years, she served as one of the lead investigators on the torture report. She left the committee back in 2011, but did critical work during the investigative phase of the report, according to Senator Dianne Feinstein, who thanked her by name in a speech hailing the release of the report.

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