Nearly 60 former military officers, national security and foreign policy experts, and community leaders are asking the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to declassify its report on the CIA’s treatment of suspected terrorists after 9/11, and to make the report available to the public.
The Constitution Project joined the Center for Victims of Torture, Human Rights First and National Religious Campaign Against Torture in releasing the statement on the one-year anniversary of the Committee’s bipartisan adoption of the report. The groups also issued a collection of public statements from a wide variety of sources demonstrating the breadth of support for releasing the information.
The 6,300 page report details the capture, detention, interrogation, and conditions of confinement of all known CIA detainees. The report is the product of three years of work, including a review of more than six million pages of materials. Committee Chair Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has called the study “one of the most significant oversight efforts in the history of the United States Senate, and by far the most important oversight activity ever conducted by this committee.”
In a report published in April, TCP’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment found that the U.S. engaged in torture and that our country’s most senior officials were responsible. It made a number of recommendations designed to prevent a return to torture and abuse in the face of any future terrorist attack. Increased transparency, including release of the SSCI report, is at the heart of many of them.