Senate panel to make public report on CIA torture of terror suspects

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday voted 11-3 to make public the summary of its report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogation tactics on terrorism suspects that President Barack Obama described as torture.

The 481-page executive summary of a 6,200-page report by the panel on its investigation of the Bush-era interrogation tactics, including waterboarding, will have to be declassified by the CIA before it is released to the public.

In the report summary, the panel claimed that CIA interrogators during the Bush administration did not really extract valuable information from detained terrorism suspects contradicting claims by the agency that the so-called enhanced interrogation technique was successful.

“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,” Washington Post quoted Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s chairman, as saying in a press statement Thursday.

Sen. Angus King (Ind.) accused the CIA of making inaccurate statements to the president, the National Security Council and Congress for year.

Many Republicans and former CIA officials dispute the result of the panel’s investigation.

CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said the agency will work to “expeditiously” declassify the document.

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