The US Senate Committee’s Report on the C.I.A.’s Use of Torture

The U.S. Senate Report on CIA Detention Interrogation Program that details the use of torture from 2001-2006.

The Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program is a report compiled by the bipartisan United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)’s Detention and Interrogation Program and its use of various forms of torture (described in U.S. government communiqués as “enhanced interrogation techniques”) on detainees between 2001 and 2006.

The 6,000-page report, which took five years and $40 million to compile, details abusive actions by CIA officials (amounting to systemic mistreatment of detainees) and various shortcomings of the detention project. On December 9, 2014—eight months after voting to release parts of the report—the SSCI released a 525-page portion that consisted of key findings and an executive summary of the full report. The rest of the report remains classified.

The report details actions by a number of CIA officials, including torturing prisoners and providing misleading or false information about CIA programs to government officials and the media. It also revealed the existence of previously unknown detainees, that more detainees were subjected to harsher treatment than was previously disclosed, and that more forms of torture were used than previously disclosed. Finally, it offers conclusions about the detention project, including that torturing prisoners did not help acquire actionable intelligence or gain cooperation from detainees.

Some people, including CIA officials and certain U.S. politicians, disputed the report’s interpretations and objected to its partial release, voicing various concerns.

Excerpt: Wikipedia

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