CVT Statement on The Report of The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

St. Paul, MN – The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) issued the following statement in response to The Report of The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment released today:

“CVT commends The Constitution Project’s Task Force on Detainee Treatment for undertaking this most comprehensive examination of the U.S. government’s detention and interrogation program,” said Curt Goering, executive director of CVT. “With more than two years of research and analysis comprising their report, the Task Force’s findings and recommendations merit serious attention in Washington.”

“The Constitution Project also deserves applause for bringing together a bipartisan group of officials from various sectors to serve as members of the Task Force,” said Goering. “It’s long past time for our country to return to the bipartisan consensus against torture and cruel treatment that once existed. This report is an important step in that direction.”

“We also hope this report will prompt Executive Branch and Congressional policy makers to quickly declassify the Senate Intelligence Committee review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program after September 11, 2001. Doing so is critical to ensuring that the unlawful, ineffective and misguided torture policies of the past are never repeated again,” said Goering.

NOTE: CVT has created a handout briefly describing the known scientific, medical and clinical effects of the specific methods of abuse, including waterboarding, authorized after September 11, 2001. The information is based on the expertise of CVT and other torture rehabilitation professionals who are familiar with the physical and psychological trauma caused by these interrogation methods—methods commonly used worldwide by repressive regimes. 


Brad Robideau
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