Retired Military Officers, National Security and Foreign Policy Experts, and Religious Leaders Call for Release of Senate Report on CIA Torture

Friday, December 13, 2013

St. Paul, MN – Today is the one-year anniversary of when the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence adopted  a 6,000 plus page report on their review of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) rendition, detention and interrogation program following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Since December 13, 2012, the report remains classified.  The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) in partnership with The Constitution Project, Human Rights First, and National Religious Campaign Against Torture are making public a statement signed by 58 retired generals and admirals, national security experts, foreign policy experts, and religious leaders who support releasing the report to the American people.

"The American people have been kept in the dark far too long about extent of the torture perpetrated in our name by the CIA,” said Curt Goering, executive director of CVT. “Full knowledge of these abuses, and official acknowledgement of them, is an essential first step in coming to terms with this dark chapter in our history. CVT strongly urges the Intelligence Committee to vote in favor of releasing the report.”

“I support release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program. The public has the right to know the facts about our nation’s use of torture. Release of the report, with appropriate redactions, can help prevent torture from happening again.”


  • David C. Acheson, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; former President of the U.S. Atlantic Council
  • Brigadier General John Adams, USA (Ret.), former Deputy U.S. Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee (2005-2007)
  • Azizah al-Hibri, Professor Emerita, The T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond; Chair, KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
  • Brigadier General David M. Brahms, USMC (Ret.), former Marine Corps’ Senior Legal Adviser (1983-88); Judge Advocates Association Board of Directors
  • Vincent Cannistraro, former Director of Intelligence Programs for the United States National Security Council; former Chief of Operations and Analysis at the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center
  • Galen Carey, Vice President, Government Relations, National Association of Evangelicals
  • Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.), former Inspector General of the Marine Corps; President, Marine Military Academy
  • Brigadier General James Cullen, USA (Ret.), U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate Generals Corps; Chief Judge, U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, former President of the American Bar Association
  • Major General Paul D. Eaton, USA (Ret.), former Commanding General of the command charged with reestablishing Iraqi Security Forces (2003-2004)
  • Major General Eugene Fox, USA (Ret.), former Deputy Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Office
  • Peter W. Galbraith, former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia; former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Lieutenant General Robert G. Gard Jr., USA (Ret.), President Emeritus, Monterey Institute for International Studies; Senior Military Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  • Burton Gerber, retired CIA operations officer
  • Philip M. Giraldi, former operations officer specializing in counter-terrorism, Central Intelligence Agency, 1975-1992; United States Army Intelligence
  • Vice Admiral Lee F. Gunn, USN (Ret.), former Inspector General, Department of the Navy (1997-2000)
  • The Rev. Dr. David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University
  • Rear Admiral Don Guter, JAGC, USN (Ret.), former Judge Advocate General of the Navy (2000-2002)
  • The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • General Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.), former Commander, U.S. Central Command (1991-1994); former Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command (1988-1990)
  • Asa Hutchinson, former Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security at the Department of Homeland Security; former Republican Congressman from 3rd District of Arkansas
  • Rear Admiral John D. Hutson, JAGC, USN (Ret.), former Judge Advocate General of the Navy (1997-2000)
  • Brigadier General David R. Irvine, USA (Ret.), former strategic intelligence officer, U.S. Army Reserve; taught prisoner-of-war interrogation for 18 years at the Sixth U.S. Army Intelligence School; former Republican state legislator (Utah)
  • Brigadier General John H. Johns, USA (Ret.), former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
  • Ambassador James R. Jones, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; former Democratic Congressman from Oklahoma
  • Lieutenant General Claudia J. Kennedy, USA (Ret.), former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence at Headquarters, Department of the Military; former Commander of U.S. Army Recruiting Command
  • General Charles C. Krulak, USMC (Ret.), former Commandant of the Marine Corps (1995-1999)
  • Mark P. Lagon, former Ambassador to Combat Trafficking in Persons; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs; Global Politics and Security Chair, Georgetown University MSFS Program
  • Kathryn Lohre, President, National Council of Churches
  • General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret.), former Assistant Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; former Deputy U.S. Representative to NATO; former Assistant Commandant, U.S. Army Infantry School
  • Mary McCarthy, former National Intelligence Officer for Warning; former Director for Intelligence Programs, National Security Council; former Senior Director, Special Assistant to the President, National Security Council
  • John Norton Moore, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Co-Founder, Center for National Security Law; former four-term Chairman of the ABA Standing Committee on National Security Law; former Counselor on International Law to the Department of State
  • Alberto J. Mora, former U.S. Navy General Counsel
  • Major General William L. Nash, USA (Ret.), former military commander in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1995-1996), former civilian administrator for the United Nations in Kosovo (2000)
  • Joe Navarro, FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Terrorism/Counterespionage Supervisor, Federal Bureau of Investigation and FBI Academy instructor on Advanced Terrorism Interviewing Techniques and Author of Hunting Terrorists: a Look at the Psychopathology of Terrorists
  • Brigadier General Richard M. O’Meara, USA (Ret.), Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps
  • Lieutenant General Charles Otstott, USA (Ret.), former Deputy Chairman, NATO Military Committee (1990-1992)
  • Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church USA
  • Bishop Richard E. Pates, Chair, Committee on International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; former Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations; former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Senator Charles S. Robb, former Governor of Virginia; Co-Chair President’s Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction (2004); Marine Corps, Vietnam, Bronze Star recipient
  • Major General Thomas J. Romig, USA (Ret.), former Judge Advocate General of the Army (2001-2005)
  • Lieutenant General James M. Thompson, USA (Ret.), former Director for Estimates, Defense Intelligence Agency; former Deputy Director for Plans, Policy, and National Security Council Affairs in the Secretary of Defense’s Office
  • Brigadier General Murray G. Sagsveen, USA (Ret.), former Senior Judge Advocate in the Army National Guard
  • Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church
  • Eric P. Schwartz, former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. State Department; former Senior Director and Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs
  • William S. Sessions, former FBI Director; former chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Lieutenant General Harry E. Soyster, USA (Ret.), former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency; former Assistant Chief of Staff, Army Intelligence
  • Major General Walter L. Stewart, Jr., USA (Ret.), former Assistant Adjutant General, Pennsylvania National Guard; former Commander, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
  • Ambassador William H. Taft, IV, former Deputy Secretary of Defense; former Chief Legal Advisor, Department of State
  • Major General Antonio ‘Tony’ M. Taguba, USA (Ret.), former Deputy Commanding General, Combined Forces Land Component Command
  • Gerald Thomson, MD, Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Columbia University
  • Brigadier General Anthony Verrengia, USAF (Ret.), served at all levels of Air Force Command
  • Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, President, The Council of Bishops, The United Methodist Church
  • Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, USA (Ret.), former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
  • Brigadier General Stephen N. Xenakis, USA (Ret.), former Commanding General, Southeast Army Regional Medical Command

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