Civil liberties and human rights organizations urged President Obama to take personal responsibility for the administration’s response to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence study of the CIA’s treatment of detainees after September 11.
In a May 6 letter, the groups told the president that “your administration has a responsibility to ensure that the Executive Branch response to the study is not driven by individuals who might be implicated in the CIA’s use of torture.”
The groups said other agencies—including the FBI, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence—should be involved in reviewing the report, and suggested the president designate a senior White House official to coordinate a single executive branch response.
TCP president Virginia Sloan said, “We are deeply troubled by reports that the CIA is planning an ‘aggressive’ response to the Senate report, and that agency personnel have disregarded multiple requests to meet with the committee’s staff.”
In its report released last month, The Constitution Project’s, bipartisan, independent Task Force on Detainee Treatment unanimously recommended the public release of the Senate Intelligence committee’s report.
In addition to The Constitution Project, other groups joining in the letter include: American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Open Society Policy Center, Physicians for Human Rights, and The Center for Victims of Torture. Read TCP’s press release here.