Free the CIA torture report

LA Times

More than a year and a half ago, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved a voluminous report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation of suspected terrorists after 9/11. Those who have read the report say it concludes that the agency used brutal and sometimes unauthorized interrogation techniques, misled policymakers and the public, and sought to undermine congressional oversight. It also reportedly rejects the idea that waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” (a euphemism for torture) produced information vital to preventing terrorist attacks.

The public has been unable to evaluate the committee’s conclusions — or complaints by Republicans and the CIA that the report is flawed — but that was supposed to change this month with the release of a 480-page executive summary and a list of findings. Now, however, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee chairwoman, is delaying publication of the document “until further notice” while the committee studies “significant redactions” made by the Obama administration.

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said the redactions were necessary to protect “sensitive classified information” and that half of the redactions were in the footnotes. He insisted that “the declassified document delivered to the committee will provide the public with a full view of the committee’s report on the detention and interrogation program.”

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