Statement on the Nomination of James Comey to be Director of the FBI

Friday, June 21, 2013

Statement on the Nomination of James Comey to be Director of the FBI

St. Paul, MN – In response to President Obama’s nomination of James Comey to be the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Curt Goering, executive director of the Center for Victims of Torture™, issued this statement:

“Once Mr. Comey’s nomination comes before the Senate Judiciary Committee, we urge all committee members to carefully scrutinize Mr. Comey’s reported role in authorizing torture and cruel treatment, including waterboarding, during the previous Administration. We are particularly concerned about his reported concurrence of Justice Department memoranda giving legal cover to abusive interrogation methods that constituted the U.S. government’s unlawful, ineffective and misguided detention and interrogation program after September 11, 2001.

“For his part, Mr. Comey should use his confirmation hearing to publically condemn all forms of torture and cruel treatment as illegal and immoral and to renounce those past decisions that permitted their use. He should also commit himself as FBI director to uphold legal and humane interrogation tactics in all FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence activities.

“Lastly, we call on Mr. Comey to announce his support for the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s extensive report on the CIA’s former detention and interrogation program. Releasing the report has earned widespread support, including from Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John McCain and the bipartisan Task Force on Detainee Treatment.  As potentially the next FBI director deeply involved in our country’s national security, Mr. Comey should join them to help make certain the U.S. government does not return to official policies of torture and cruel treatment.”

NOTE: The Center for Victims of Torture has published an update on the political, religious, human rights, national security, foreign policy, and military leaders who support declassifying the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture.

The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit headquartered in St. Paul, MN with an office in Washington, D.C. and healing initiatives in Africa and the Middle East. Visit



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