Earlier this month, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted to release parts of a 6,300 page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” – broadly considered to be torture. The committee, led by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), voted 11-3 to release the report (only three of the Republicans on the committee opposed its release). If you want to learn more about the story of the torture report, this is a helpful timeline.
The release of this report is crucial because it shows that the CIA’s interrogation methods did not, contrary to popular belief, provide valuable information, and that the CIA misled the government and the public on these matters. While this is an important step forward, the journey is not over. The Obama Administration still has to review the report to decide what exactly will be released, and it is possible the CIA might be in charge of deciding what or what does not get disclosed.