Statement on Vice President Biden's Support for Making Public Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report on CIA Torture
St. Paul, MN – In response to a April 27, 2013, news article from Roll Call reporting that Vice President Joe Biden supports making public the Senate Intelligence Committee’s review of the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation program after September 11, 2001, Curt Goering, executive director of the Center for Victims of Torture™, issued this statement:
“We highly commend Vice President Biden for standing with Senator John McCain to call for the public release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s extensive report on the CIA’s unlawful, ineffective and misguided torture policies of the past. This kind of bipartisan leadership is essential to uncovering the truth, securing a public accounting of the facts and making certain the U.S. government does not return to official policies of torture and cruel treatment.
“We now hope the Vice President will convey his support for releasing the report to President Obama, CIA Director John Brennan and other senior-level Administration officials responsible for reviewing the report and providing feedback to the Intelligence Committee.
“CVT has stated time and time again 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. Only when all the facts are known can we understand what went wrong and prevent such abuses from happening again in the future.”
NOTE: The Center for Victims of Torture has issued a policy report, U.S. Bi-Partisan Leadership Against Torture, highlighting the bipartisan history of the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and calling for the United States to regain its global leadership against torture and cruel treatment.
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 www.cvt.org.
 Lesniewski, Niels. “Biden Backs Public Disclosure of Torture Report.” Roll Call 27 April 2013. Available at http://www.rollcall.com/news/biden_backs_public_disclosure_of_torture_report-224389-1.html?pos=htmbtxt
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