Senate Intelligence Committee set to release ‘torture report’
Monday afternoon White House Press Secretary, Joshua Earnest told reporters that Congress will release the enhanced interrogation report Tuesday. CNN reported that Marines have been placed on a high alert in advance of the report’s release. The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled to release a 500-page summary of a 6,200 page report on the CIA’s use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation, humiliation and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” made famous during the George W. Bush administration. The report is not new however, it will reveal the broad scope of the practices, which took place at secret detention centers across the Middle East and Asia.
“In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, lawmakers urged us to do everything possible to prevent another attack on our soil.” – Jose A. Rodriguez (Fmr. Chief of Staff of the National Counterterrorism Center)
Dianne Feinsten, the Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee has been fighting for the release of this executive summary since last April and is finally scheduled for release. Officials all over the country have called for a delay; Secretary Kerry called Feinstein on behalf of the Obama Administration. Feinstein has a number of supporters in her corner when it comes to releasing the report this week. Mark Udall, D-Colo. — who lost his bid for re-election in November — has threatened to read the report on the Senate floor. Feinstein considers this report “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.”
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