Senate Intelligence Committee votes to declassify summary of CIA’s detention & interrogation program

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted yesterday to declassify portions of the landmark 6,200-page report on the CIA’s use of torture after 9/11. 

The committee approved the release of a “480-page executive summary as well as 20 findings and conclusions of the majority’s five-year study of the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program, which involved more than 100 detainees.” 

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“The purpose of this review was to uncover the facts behind this secret program, and the results were shocking. The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation. It chronicles a stain on our history that must never again be allowed to happen,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. “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 made serious mistakes that haunt us to this day. We are acknowledging those mistakes, and we have a continuing responsibility to make sure nothing like this ever occurs again.”

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The committee will submit the portions approved for declassification to the Obama administration for review.

The White House reiterated President Barack Obama’s support for declassifying the report’s findings on the CIA’s use of so-called “enhanced interrogation” practices that many human rights organizations have decried as torture.

“[The President] wants this work by Congress to be completed.  He wants the report to be submitted for declassification, for that request to be made.  And he will ensure that the administration acts responsibly in the obviously sometimes complicated work of declassifying these kinds of documents, but with dispatch,” said White House Spokesman Jay Carney. “He wants the report declassified so that the public can see it.”

Feinstein said the committee will update the full report and decide on its declassification at a later date.

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In March, Feinstein accused the CIA of spying on Congress and improperly removing documents pertaining the report’s findings on CIA overseas “black prisons” from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s computers.

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