FBI agents dragged their feet in reporting torture inflicted on prisoners by Defense contractors and CIA employees, an an internal FBI report shows, but agents themselves generally did not participate in torture. FBI brass, however, was scolded for not providing more guidance or “pressing harder” to curb other agencies’ actions, the Washington Post reports.
The inspector general found that agents were confused about drawing the line in what tactics amounted to torture. Furthermore, the bureau didn’t set out a mandatory reporting standard until mid-2004—a month after news of Guantanamo abuses has broken. The release of today’s report, which says more than 300 Gitmo, Iraq, or Afghanistan agents knew of abuse, was delayed for years by Justice.