CVT Statement on Senate Intelligence Committee’s Adoption of CIA Torture Report
St. Paul, MN – The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) issued the following statement in response to today’s vote by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to adopt its report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program after September 11, 2001.
“CVT commends the Senate Intelligence Committee, under the leadership of Senator Dianne Feinstein, for taking this first step to get the truth behind the U.S. government’s unlawful, ineffective, misguided, and immoral torture policies of the past,” said Curt Goering, executive director of CVT. “However, today’s vote is just one step and more work needs to be done.”
“The process to declassify the report must begin now and CVT, once again, calls for the report to be made public with as few redactions as possible. It is our strong belief the American people are entitled to a complete reporting of the facts, detailing how and why the CIA’s policies of torture and cruel treatment came to be used in their name by their government. Only when all the facts are known can we understand what went wrong and prevent such abuses from happening again in the future.
We also are grateful that Senator John McCain agrees with us that the report should be made public.
A public release of the report helps us get closer to accountability for those officials, regardless of position or rank, who authorized and implemented torture and cruel treatment or failed in their duty to prevent torture and cruel treatment. Their actions seriously undermined our most basic values that we stand for as Americans.
Earlier this week, President Obama declared the week of December 10, 2012, as Human Rights Week. We can recommit ourselves as a global moral authority on human rights and dignity by bringing accountability for official policies of torture and cruel treatment and an end to this dark chapter in U.S. history.”
CVT is a nonprofit based in Minnesota with an office in Washington D.C. and projects in Africa and the Middle East. Visit www.CVT.org.
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