You are here

CLG Exclusive: CIA Torture Queen Bought $825K House While Torturing Her Way to the Top

CLG Exclusive: CIA Torture Queen Bought $825K House While Torturing Her Way to the Top By CLG staff writer, 20 Dec 2014The redacted (525 of 6,700 pages) C.I.A. torture report has revealed possible war crimes and violations of the Nuremberg ban on human experimentation by C.I.A. agents and U.S. military contractors. On December 19, 2014, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Peter Maass revealed the name of the C.I.A. senior officer at the center of the C.I.A.'s torture scandals: Alfreda Frances Bikowsky. Now, CLG can report that one Alfreda Bikowsky purchased (and likely still lives in) a well-appointed ranch house in McLean, Virginia. Nestled in a wooded lot at 1437 Brookhaven Drive, the well-concealed house is a short 19-minute, 12-mile commute to the Central Intelligence Agency in Mclean, Virginia. Formerly owned by Michael E. Geltner, the property was sold to Bikowsky for a mere $825,000 by realtor Michael Chang in April of 2012. Thus, while Bikowsky's victims are probably scarred for life, she apparently lives quite comfortably under White House and intelligence cover in a lovely northern Virginia McMansion.Reporting for the New Yorker on December 18, investigative reporter Jane Mayer had this to say about Bikowsky's illustrious career at the C.I.A.:The NBC News investigative reporter Matthew Cole has pieced together a remarkable story revealing that a single senior officer, who is still in a position of high authority over counterterrorism at the C.I.A.--a woman who he does not name--appears to have been a source of years' worth of terrible judgment, with tragic consequences for the United States. Her story runs through the entire report. She dropped the ball when the C.I.A. was given information that might very well have prevented the 9/11 attacks; she gleefully participated in torture sessions afterward; she misinterpreted intelligence in such a way that it sent the C.I.A. on an absurd chase for Al Qaeda sleeper cells in Montana. And then she falsely told congressional overseers that the torture worked.Apparently, bungling critical national security intelligence information, while torturing and hunting the wrong people, constitute quite the career path at the C.I.A.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------mdr@drrectenwald(clg twitter)(clg facebook)Subscribe to the CLG Newsletter.