TIME East Asia

North Korea Ups Sexist Attacks on South Korea’s President Park

President of South Korea Park Geun-hye listens to questions during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Germany in Berlin, March 26, 2014.
President of South Korea Park Geun-hye listens to questions during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Germany in Berlin, March 26, 2014. Markus Schreiber—AP

Misogynistic name-calling from Pyongyang seems to be in response to South Korea President Park Geun-hye's recent trip to a speech she made in Dresden, which was once part of East Germany, extolling the merits of reunification on the Korean peninsula

North Korea’s propagandists have no love for South Korean presidents. State media scribes often likened former President Lee Myung-bak to a rat, labeling grotesque caricatures of him with descriptors like “the dirty hairy body of rat-like Myung-bak is being stabbed with bayonets.”

Recent attacks on Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s female president, have combined this long-standing love of vitriol with a deep and abiding sexism. The strategy seems to be to portray her as a feeble-minded female, someone inherently unsuited to the office. In the last two weeks alone they have called her a “babbling peasant woman,” and a “childish girl,” a “pumpkin” and a “witch.”

It gets worse. Rodong Sinmun, a state newspaper, on Thursday published a series of articles titled “We accuse the bitch” parts (1), (2), and (2) [sic]. The pieces blasted Park for not being married or having children. “It is really ridiculous that such a cold-blooded animal talked about human affairs, feigning to be concerned about our women and children,” one North Korean allegedly told the paper. “It would make even a cat laugh.”

The name-calling seems to be a response to President Park’s recent trip to Europe, specifically a speech she made in Dresden, which was once part of East Germany. Addressing a crowd of students, Park called the reunification of the Korean peninsula inevitable and outlined a new plan to build trust between North and South. She also promised humanitarian aid to the North — an heinous move, it would seem.

Although the sexism is not new — North Korea welcomed Park’s presidency by referencing the “venomous swish” of her skirt — it seems to be intensifying as tensions ratchet up. South Korea has not responded to the Rodong Sinmun series, but earlier this week asked the North to “act discreetly.” Clearly, that call went unheeded.

TIME europe

Upset About Crimea? Then Chill Out and Do Some Yoga Says a Russian Official

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov looks on at the start of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov looks on at the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva October 15, 2013. Reuters

"Tantrums, weeping and hysteria won't help," says Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. Instead, he suggests that Americans unhappy about Crimea can perform sun salutations and "maybe watch some comedy sketch shows on TV"

There are several ways to cope with the anger one feels over the annexation of Crimea, according to a top Russian official.

“What can one advise our U.S. colleagues to do?” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov asked the Interfax news agency rhetorically.

“Spend more time in the open, practice yoga, stick to food-combining diets, maybe watch some comedy sketch shows on TV.”

The deputy foreign minister went on to criticize the U.S.’s official response to the annexation, which included slapping sanctions against several of President Vladimir Putin’s top aides, as childish and hysterical.

“Tantrums, weeping and hysteria won’t help,” he says.

Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea peninsula last month has made relations between Western powers and Moscow extremely tense.

Tens of thousands of Russian troops continue to mass along the Ukrainian border sparking fears of a possible invasion into the country’s east, which is home to a large population of ethnic Russians.

[Reuters]

TIME Aviation

The Missing Jet’s Black Box Has Only Enough Power to Last the Weekend

Wing commander Rob Shearer, captain of the Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion, reads through his notes before reaching the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, near the coast of Western Australia
Wing commander Rob Shearer, captain of the Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion, reads through his notes before reaching the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean, near the coast of Western Australia, April 4, 2014. Nick Perry—AP

Authorities are desperately searching for signals from the missing Malaysian Airlines aircraft's data recorder before the battery runs out of power, estimated to happen on Monday. That and the lack of any confirmed debris leaves few options

The hunt for the black box of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 began in earnest Friday, despite no debris having been discovered in the southern Indian Ocean where the missing Boeing 777 is thought to have crashed.

The British ship H.M.S. Echo and Australia’s Ocean Shield will deploy submerged pinger locators and converge on each other along a single 155-mile (250 km) corridor, in the hope of detecting any signal from the data recorder lodged toward the errant plane’s tail. An unmanned submarine is also being readied for action.

“The area of highest probability as to where the aircraft might have entered the water is the area where the underwater search will commence,” former Australian defense force chief Angus Houston, in charge of coordinating efforts, told reporters in Perth.

MH 370 departed from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing at 12:41 a.m. local time on March 8, but lost contact less than an hour later. The last confirmed transponder reading was over the Gulf of Thailand, after which the 200-ton jet apparently performed a U-turn and was tracked over northern Malaysia by Malaysian and Thai military radar.

Thereafter, six hourly data pings indicate the 11-year-old, Rolls-Royce-powered aircraft traveled south from the Strait of Malacca toward the southern Indian Ocean, say investigators, with a final partial ping at 8:19 a.m., possibly indicating when the fuel ran out.

The latest search area is based upon this last clue, and experts have been working with simulators to estimate where the plane may have ended up, despite the absence of very little other information such as speed, altitude or engine performance.

“It’s the best data that’s available — calculated data, [which] only arrived very recently,” explained Houston. “We’ve had the world’s best experts in this area analyze the data.”

If this fails, though, there appear to be few other leads. “We have got to the end of the process of analysis, and my expectation is that we’re into a situation where the data we have got is the data we have got,” he added.

The lack of any confirmed debris combined with the black box’s rapidly depleting battery leaves precious few options. The estimated life of the power supply is 30 days, or April 7.

“After the battery life expires, you move on to a different phase of the investigation, which will use underwater radar and scanning capabilities,” Michael Daniel, an international aviation-safety consultant who spent over three decades at the Federal Aviation Administration, tells TIME.

“It makes it far more difficult as you don’t have anything transmitting underwater. Then you must just scan the seabed for wreckage with sonar and radar, where cliffs and rocks can mask debris. That’s what they did to find Air France Flight 447.”

The case of that flight, which crashed into the Atlantic en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in 2009, illustrates why Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott deemed the current search “the most difficult in human history.”

Typically when a flight crashes, investigators know its flight path and can trace this to the wreckage. With Flight 447, bodies, and two debris fields 50 miles (80 km) apart, were found within 24 hours — but even so the black box was not recovered until two years later.

As MH 370 was so drastically off course, there is no established flight path. And without any debris found, there’s no doubt that Friday’s resumed efforts represent a considerable leap of faith. Houston said on Friday that it is extremely unlikely more pinger locators could be found to join the two currently in service.

Up to 10 military planes, four civilian jets and nine ships are also due to scour a 84,000-sq.-mi. (217,000 sq km) search zone — roughly the size of Idaho — some 1,050 miles (1,700 km) west of Perth on Friday. Good visibility was reported with cloud base between 1,000 and 2,000 ft. (300 and 600 m).

In addition, satellite imagery will continue to be scrutinized, despite none of the hundreds of objects so far flagged turning up any leads, and questions over the value of this information. Experts say it is extremely unlikely that remnants from the aircraft large enough to be distinguishable from general flotsam by satellite would still be buoyant, leaving life jackets and seat cushions as the only possible flotsam.

Malaysia’s police chief has said the saga is being treated as a criminal investigation, but officers have cleared all 227 passengers of possible involvement in hijacking, sabotage or suffering psychological problems sufficient to warrant continued investigation, leaving enquires to focus on the 10 crew and two pilots.

The Malaysian authorities have repeatedly come under fire for contradictory statements and the alleged withholding of information, especially from relatives of the 153 Chinese nationals aboard, but Houston attempted to quell these accusations Friday.

“I don’t think that anybody is withholding anything in terms of what needs to be done,” he said. “There is no problem with the supply of information.”

TIME Afghanistan

Another Journalist Murdered in Afghanistan Ahead of Elections

Afghanistan
An Afghan policeman stands guard in front of an Independent Elections Commission (IEC) building after a gun battle between security forces and insurgents in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Massoud Hossaini - AP

Early reports suggest two Western female journalists were targeted by a man in a police uniform in the eastern city of Khost on Friday, killing one and seriously injuring the other in the latest of a string of attacks against the media leading up to the Saturday election

One journalist was killed and other seriously injured in eastern Afghanistan after a man dressed as a police officer gunned them down a day before the country heads to the polls.

Mobariz Zadran, a spokesman for the governor of Khost province, suggested that the assailant was actually a policeman rather than simply posing as one. “Naqibullah, a policeman in Tani district of Khost, opened fire on two foreign journalists. One was killed and one was wounded,” he said.

The Associated Press has confirmed that staffer Anja Niedringhaus died during the assault in Khost, while veteran South Asia correspondent Kathy Gannon was seriously injured. The AFP reported on Friday that the attack occurred inside a police district headquarters.

The incident is the latest in a disturbing trend of journalists under attack as the war-torn nation struggles to combat an unyielding Taliban ahead of general elections.

In March, veteran Swedish radio journalist Nils Horner was murdered by unidentified gunmen in broad daylight in what was considered one of the safest areas of Kabul. Later that month, the AFP’s Sardar Ahmed was also killed in the capital during a brazen assault on the luxurious Serena Hotel, which left nine people dead.

“The fact that these two attacks occurred in places in the capital with a reputation for being safe can only have a dissuasive impact on media preparing to cover the election,” said Réza Moïni, the Reporters Without Borders media-advocacy group’s head for Iran-Afghanistan, in a statement earlier this week.

“This violence is partly responsible for the withdrawal of certain foreign election-observer missions, making the election’s transparency more dependent on the presence of Afghan and foreign journalists.”

TIME youth

The Top 5 Places to Be a Teen (Sorry Kids, the U.S. is #6)

Australian Holiday Makers Celebrate 'Schoolies' Week In Bali
Australian teenagers let their hair down in Bali—a popular destination for school breaks. Aussie teens are top of a newly released list of global youth wellbeing Agung Parameswara—Getty Images

Aussie teens are having a way better time than other kids, according to the Global Youth Wellbeing Index, which looked at indicators including economic opportunity, access to education, health and safety from 30 countries

Despite the never-ending stream of TV shows glorifying teen life in America, kids in the U.S. don’t have it the best, according to a new study.

In fact, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the International Youth Foundation, said this week that Australia scored the highest on the “Global Youth Wellbeing Index” released this week.

The study vetted 30 countries in total and is based on a smattering of indicators including economic opportunity for youth and access to education, health, information and communications, safety and security.

Here are the top 5 rankings:

  1. Australia
  2. Sweden
  3. South Korea
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Germany

The United States came in at no. 6, followed by Japan, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

The bottom five countries were India followed by four African nations: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Nigeria.

 

TIME Military

How to Stop the Next Fort Hood Attack

U.S. Army Col. Kathy Platoni holds up her cap at her home in Beaver Creek, Ohio, Nov. 1, 2010.
Kathy Platoni holds up her cap with the names of colleagues killed at Fort Hood in 2009 written inside. Al Behrman—AP

Military mental-health experts argue it’s time for wholesale change—and more money

Fort Hood tore down nondescript Building 42003 a couple of months ago. But razing the building didn’t remove the horrors of that November 2009 day when Army Major Nidal Hasan murdered 13 people inside it. Now Specialist Ivan Lopez’s shooting spree is raising new concerns.

“We’re not real good at recognizing when danger exists,” says retired Army Reserve Colonel Kathy Platoni, who comforted psychiatric nurse Captain John Gaffaney as he lay dying nearly five years ago, shot multiple times in his effort to stop Hasan.

The Army, Platoni says, simply doesn’t have the funds and personnel to do mental health adequately. “If it doesn’t smell right as a mental health professional, you’ve got to look further—but we don’t have the manpower to do it,” Platoni says. “A five-minute interview to fill out a prescription isn’t going to cut it.”

Fort Hood Shooting Building
Building 42003 being demolished at Fort Hood in February. Fort Hood Public Affairs Office / AP

The Army’s top civilian offered additional details about Lopez Thursday. Until he pulled out his Smith & Wesson, he’d had no military record of bad behavior. Like many cases of military suicide, Lopez, who served the last four months of 2011 in Iraq but didn’t see combat, was seeking help. He knew something was wrong. “He was undergoing a variety of treatment and diagnoses for mental health conditions ranging from depression, to anxiety, to some sleep disturbance,” Army Secretary John McHugh said.

Lopez was taking “a number of drugs… including Ambien” to help, and had seen a psychiatrist last month. “We had no indication on the record of that examination that there was any sign of likely violence, either to himself or to others,” McHugh said. “So the plan [going] forward was to just continue to monitor and to treat him as deemed appropriate.”

McHugh added: “We have ordered all possible means of medical and investigatory support, as well as added behavioral health counselors” to Fort Hood.

Could dispatching “added behavioral health counselors” to Fort Hood before the shooting have made a difference?

Experts with years in the military mental-health field say that increased staffing—as well as wholesale changes in how the nation, and the Army, treat mental-health ailments—are needed to stop a third Fort Hood attack.

“We need to focus programs on dangerousness,” says psychiatrist and retired Army brigadier general Stephen Xenakis. “Dangerousness is a community-health issue. Military clinicians should make it routine to ask about guns, drug and alcohol problems, are there mood shifts, and are they explosive? It becomes very apparent when you are sitting with folks who might be dangerous.”

Lopez apparently sent such signals before he exploded. “We have very strong evidence that he had a medical history that indicates an unstable psychiatric or psychological condition,” Lieut. General Mark Milley, the top officer at Fort Hood, said Thursday. “We believe that to be the fundamental underlying causal factor.”

A trained mental-health professional can sense trouble, Platoni says. “You’ve got to develop trust and rapport with the soldiers so they can tell you what’s eating away at their soul,” she says. “People get really agitated, sometimes their eyes are red, they’re tapping their feet, they feel very uncomfortable within their own bodies,” she says, describing potential red flags. “They can’t focus, and have no tolerance for frustration,” Platoni adds. “These things don’t happen in a vacuum—there are always signs when it’s not quite right.”

But the Army only has the funds Congress—representing the U.S. taxpayer—gives it. “They send us to war, and then they don’t want to treat us,” Platoni says. “It’s another ‘no thanks for your service.’”

Retired general Pete Chiarelli was the Army’s second-ranking officer in 2009 when Nidal Hasan struck, and he championed mental health for soldiers as vice chief of staff. He says the Army—and the civilian world—haven’t made much progress in dealing with mental health in recent decades. The nation needs a mental-health Manhattan Project to study the mind and figure out how to fix it when it’s hurt. Instead, Chiarelli argues, it’s relying on antiquated methods that don’t always work.

Pete Chiarelli retired from the Army as its No. 2 officer in 2012. Army photo

“We have horrible diagnostics, we’ve got 20 questions in DSM-5, the psychiatric manual, based on a numerical score that tells us whether we have post-traumatic stress or not, the drugs that we’re prescribing to these kids are all 30-to-40-year old anti-depressants, they’re all off-label kinds of drugs, genetically, everybody reacts differently to them, and we’re short of health-care providers,” says Chiarelli, who retired in 2012. “So even when we do have some therapies that work, we don’t always have the time to apply them—does it become easier to prescribe something, or put him through 15 to 20 90-minute sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy?”

Too much research funded by the federal government remains locked up by the researchers who did it instead of being widely shared with others who might be able to build on it, Chiarelli says. “I had no idea when I signed the [$50 million suicide-prevention] contract with NIH [the federally-funded National Institutes of Health] that the data they collected wouldn’t be released to all the people who were studying suicide, and only released to those people who were part of the study,” he says. “The Army’s thrown $500 million against PTS [post-traumatic stress] research, and what have they got? They’ve still got DSM-5 and a bunch of anti-depressants—they have no new drugs.” Smarter research would go a long way to helping solve such mental-health woes, Chiarelli says—and not just in the Army.

“Go ahead and complain about this kid who had post-traumatic stress down at Fort Hood, Texas,” he says. “But there are all kinds of other people—as we saw at Newtown—who never served a day in the military who have this problem, and we don’t have what we need to help them. Whether it’s Newtown or the Navy Yard or Fort Hood, you have a gun—but you also had a person who had a severe mental issue,” Chiarelli says. “Now that we have the ability to crunch data and probably find diagnostics, and then treatment, for this stuff, God damn it, why aren’t we doing it?”

TIME Air Pollution

Smoggy Sand: How Deserts Spread Air Pollution

Smog levels are high in London
High levels of air pollution in London were caused in part by Sahara sand Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Sand can blow a long way—as residents in suddenly smoggy London are learning

For the last few days, the skyline of London—so often an indifferent gray—has resembled Los Angeles in the 1960s, or Beijing. A nasty bout of smog has gripped Britain’s capital and much of England, with pollution levels so high that people with health problems and the elderly have been warned to avoid strenuous activity outside.

London’s current smog is nothing compared to the air pollution the city once suffered—the city was choked in coal smoke for much of the 19th century, and the Great Smog of 1952 killed some 4,000 people. But what’s truly unusual is the cause: not just local emissions from cars and power plants, but from dust that has blown in from the Sahara Desert in northern Africa, over 2,000 miles (3,218 km) away. The dust has blown in on northern winds, where it mixes in the air with local pollutants. The dust is brought down to earth by rain, and when that water evaporates, it leaves behind a layer of visible dust.

Britain isn’t the only place that can have dust-related smog. In East Asia, sand from the Gobi Desert is blown east every spring. The so-called Asian Dust passes over parts of China, North and South Korea and Japan, sometimes so heavy that residents can feel the dust in their eyes and their teeth. The dust can even be carried thousands of miles across the Pacific to North America—a study published in Science last year found that dust in the atmosphere can actually increase rainfall in California.

But what’s worrying is that the Gobi is growing every year, as excessive farming in China and increasingly dry weather converts grassland into desert. The Chinese government has tried to create what it calls a “Green Belt” of millions of trees that it hopes will hold back the spread of desertification, but so far, many of them have died. And climate change seems likely to increase the rate of desertification, as the Gobi gets even hotter and drier. In a changing world, not even deserts can be trusted to stay in the same place—as London is learning.

TIME Ukraine

Ukraine and Russia Demonize Each Other With Claims of Terrorism

Deposed President Viktor Yanukovych at a news conference in Belgrade, Serbia
Deposed President Viktor Yanukovych at a news conference in Belgrade, Serbia, June 6, 2013. Darko Vojinovic—AP

Without presenting much in the way of evidence, Ukraine's spy chief accuses Russian agents of helping plan the massacre of protesters in February, and Russia responds with a claim of terrorism against Ukraine that is no less grave and equally thin on proof

On Feb. 20, no rumor on the streets of Kiev seemed too paranoid and monstrous to believe. Dozens of protesters had been shot down that morning, apparently by snipers, in the center of Ukraine’s capital. No one knew who had given the orders to shoot. No one knew why they were shooting. The only facts were all the bodies, many with just a single bullet wound in their heads or necks, the stunned expressions on their faces suggesting just how quickly death had come. But those facts, stark and undeniable, were enough for much of the city to suspend all doubt.

Most of the demonstrators brave enough to remain on the square that night spent hours trading conspiracy theories in whispers. Most of them were variations on the same theme – the Russian government, specifically Russia’s FSB secret police, was coming to quell the revolution with death squads, or helicopter gunships, or poison gas, or hired goons that had been plied with drugs and told to kill. All of these rumors emerged from the impact of terror, anger, confusion and grief on the human mind, and they were all false. The day after the massacre near Kiev’s Independence Square, the government of President Viktor Yanukovych fell, and the revolutionaries took power. No Russian death squads ever came to stop them.

But on Thursday, the whispered theories from that night reemerged in Kiev in a very different form. Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, the new head of Ukraine’s state security services, accused his Russian counterparts of being involved in the massacre of Feb. 20. He did not seem to have much proof. At the end of December, he said, before Ukraine’s revolution turned violent, 26 agents of the Russia’s Federal Security Service, the agency known as the FSB, visited Ukraine’s secret police in Kiev.

In the middle of January, around the time when the uprising was morphing into a violent insurrection, six Russian FSB agents visited their colleagues in Ukraine again, Nalyvaichenko said. “We have serious reasons to believe that these groups, who were at one of the bases of the SBU [Security Service of Ukraine], took part in the planning and execution of the so-called ‘counter-terrorist operation.’” That is the term that Ukraine’s crumbling regime used to describe last and most violent attempt to crush the revolution, an attempt that culminated with snipers opening fire on protesters on Feb. 20.

At his press conference on Thursday, Nalyvaichenko, who was appointed head of the SBU security service on Feb. 24, asked Russian authorities to investigate what the FSB was doing in Kiev in December and January, and to provide the names and ranks of the FSB officers involved. The answer from Moscow was as brief as it was predictable. “Let these statements be on the conscience of the Ukrainian Security Services,” the FSB said in a statement to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

But the real response seemed to come a few hours later, when Russian state television unsheathed their own allegations against Ukraine. In its evening news broadcast, the state-backed network NTV claimed that 25 Ukrainians had been arrested in Russia while planning to carry out a terrorist attack. “All of those detained,” the report said, citing unnamed security sources, “have already confirmed receiving instructions from the Security Service of Ukraine.”

Though the broadcast did not make the connection explicit, its timing made it seem like an eye for an eye. Ukraine had aired one grave set of accusations against Russia, and Russia responded in kind without much delay. Neither side presented much evidence, certainly none that was commensurate with the seriousness of the claims. But both shared at least one intention – to demonize the other side, playing on the enmity that has emerged between these once fraternal nations.

In the coming weeks and months, both Russia and Ukraine will have to follow up their finger-pointing with action, either through their own courts or international ones, as these are not the kinds of claims that a nation state can just back away from or brush away as a mistake. The security services of both Russia and Ukraine have in effect accused each other of plotting terrorism. Whatever dim hope had remained of restoring civil relations between them is gone, at least until these accusations are resolved. That could take months if not years, but what seems to be clear already is that both countries have sunk to the kind of fear mongering that first afflicted Kiev in the days after the massacre of Feb. 20. The only difference is that they are not whispering these claims in the streets. They are airing them officially and for the world to see, having suspended all reasonable doubt and encouraging their people to do the same.

TIME CIA

Senate Panel Votes to Make CIA Report Public

Senator Dianne Feinstein D-CA waits to speak to the media after a closed meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill
California Senator Dianne Feinstein waits to speak to the media after a closed meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 3, 2014 Brendan Smialowski—AFP/Getty Images

The Senate Intelligence Committee lifts a blackout on key parts of its report on the CIA's controversial interrogation and detention program, which concludes that the agency inflated the effectiveness of “enhanced” techniques

A Senate panel voted Thursday to declassify key aspects of a controversial report on the CIA’s interrogation program during the George W. Bush Administration.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report was written by its Democratic staff, and reportedly concludes that the CIA inflated the effectiveness of “enhanced” interrogation and detention practices, misleading the Justice Department, Congress and the public.

The panel voted to make public the 480-page executive summary and 20 findings and conclusions of the five-year study, which involved more than 100 detainees, according to committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein. The panel voted 11 to 3 in favor of declassification, as Republican Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Dan Coats of Indiana and James Risch of Idaho voted nay. The top Republican on the committee, Saxby Chambliss, and his Republican colleagues Richard Burr of North Carolina and Maine’s Susan Collins voted to declassify the report, while Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn voted present because he was not a member of the committee when it voted to conduct the report.

“The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation,” said Feinstein after the committee met for about 10 minutes to vote. “The report also points to major problems with the CIA’s management of this program, and its interactions with the White House, other parts of the Executive Branch and Congress.”

But it could be weeks before the declassified sections are made available to the public. Feinstein hoped the declassification process could be completed in as “early as 30 days,” but conceded that “may be wishful thinking.” She also expressed hope that the CIA would not drag its feet in opposition to the White House and pushed for as few redactions as possible.

Chambliss was among those who voted with Feinstein, but he disagreed on the purpose and outcome of the report.

“We need to get this behind us,” he said. “I was never in favor of this report being done; I think it was a waste of time. We already had a report done by the Armed Services Committee on this issue.”

“As we point specifically in the minority report, there was information that was gleaned from this program which led not only to the take down of [Osama] bin Laden, but to the interruption and disruption of other terrorist plots over a period of years,” Chambliss said.

Civil rights groups celebrated the announcement as proof that the decision to embrace torture — including waterboarding, sleep deprivation and stress positions — was neither effective in its purpose gaining intelligence nor moral. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Constitution Project pushed President Obama to take the lead to decide what gets redacted instead of the CIA. “The CIA should not be handed a black-out pen to hide its use of torture or the lies it told to keep the torture program going,” wrote Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel for the ACLU, in a public statement.

The report has become a bone of contention between the CIA and Senate investigators, which erupted into recriminations last month when Feinstein accused the agency of spying on Senate computers used in the investigation. The CIA, in turn, said investigators illegally accessed internal documents.

“It is now abundantly clear that in an effort to prevent further terrorist attacks after 9/11, and bring those responsible to justice, the CIA did make some serious mistakes and that they haunt us to this day,” said Feinstein. “We are acknowledging those mistakes, and we have a continuing responsibility to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.”

TIME social good

Watch: How Haute Couture Can Use the Marketplace for Social Good

Combining a social agenda with good business produces beautiful results

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What happens when a social activist and a fashion-industry executive put their heads together in order to create social good? Maiyet, a New York-based luxury fashion brand working with local artisans in the developing world, aims to find out.

Co-founder Paul van Zyl, who came of age during the fight against apartheid in South Africa, believes the firm’s mission is to make sure that “people at the bottom of the pyramid can lead dignified lives.”

His business partner, Kristy Caylor, a career fashion executive, is troubled by the fact that consumers can buy a “one dollar t-shirt that was made half way across the globe and assume that people’s human rights have been respected and that people are being paid properly.”

Rather than rail against injustice, however, the pair set out to change the conversation among the people at the top of the industry by finding people with world-class skills in local markets without access to design direction or infrastructure and work with them to build a brand that give expression to their “raw talent” while at the same time succeeds commercially.

Judging from the response they got at Paris Fashion Week last month, they are off to a good start.

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