CVT Responds with Alarm at Reports of the Trump Administration Returning the CIA Torture Report

Monday, June 5, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. and WASHINGTON —The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) is alarmed by reports that the Trump administration has taken steps to return to Congress the Senate Intelligence Committee’s groundbreaking report on the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) post 9/11 torture program. 

“The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report, sections of which were released to the public in December of 2014, is the most thorough and comprehensive review of the CIA torture program,” explained CVT’s executive director, Curt Goering. “The report revealed that the unlawful program adopted post 9/11 was far more brutal, sweeping and unnecessary than previously known. Among the abusive tactics described in the report are waterboarding, rectal feeding, forced stress positions, sensory overload or deprivation, and sleep deprivation for up to 180 hours – all resulting in serious and long-lasting physical and psychological pain and suffering.”

“Return of the full CIA Torture Report to Congress risks the destruction of a critical historic document that must be preserved in order to ensure the United States does not ever again return to policies of torture and cruelty,” stated Goering. “Rather than being buried and potentially destroyed, the full CIA Torture Report should be declassified with minimal redactions so that it can serve as a stark reminder of the enormous – and lingering – costs to America’s national security and foreign policy when this country abandons its values.”

The opposition to torture in the United States has long been bipartisan, just as support for the public release of the CIA Torture report transcended partisan divides. In 2014, a bipartisan group of prominent military, national security, foreign policy, religious leaders, media and others expressed support for the public release of the CIA torture report. Last year, over 100 military, national security, foreign policy and religious leaders signed their names to CVT’s Call to Reject Torture


The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Paul, MN, with offices in Atlanta, GA, and Washington, D.C.; and healing initiatives in Africa and the Middle East.

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