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“The most extensive review of U.S. intelligence-gathering tactics in generations.” —Los Angeles Times
This is the Executive Summary of the “Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” a U.S. Senate investigation -- a.k.a., The Torture Report.
Based on more than six million pages of classified CIA documents, this report details the establishment of a covert CIA program to secretly detain and interrogate suspected terrorists. Among other matters, the report describes the evolution of the CIA program, the use of the CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques," and how the CIA misrepresented the program to the White House, the Department of Justice, Congress, and the American people.
Over five years in the making, it is presented here in a meticulously formatted and highly readable edition, exactly as redacted and released by the United States government on December 9, 2014.
About the Author
The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was created by the U.S. Senate in 1976 as a bipartisan committee responsible for overseeing federal intelligence activities.
It is the committee's responsibility to “oversee and make continuing studies of the intelligence activities and programs of the United States Government,” to “submit to the Senate appropriate proposals for legislation and report to the Senate concerning such intelligence activities and programs,” and to “provide vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
A Boston Globe Bestseller
“This massive chronicle of malfeasance concerns not only the efficacy of certain interrogation techniques, not only the perennial clash between spies and their civilian overseers, but something far more profound: the nation’s political soul."
“A high-quality version of the 500-some page report.”
—John Hockenberry, The Takeaway/WNYC
“The most extensive review of U.S. intelligence-gathering tactics in generations.”
—Los Angeles Times
“The Senate intelligence committee’s report is a landmark in accountability . . . It is one of the most shocking documents ever produced by any modern democracy about its own abuses of its own highest principles.”
—The Guardian (UK)
“Exhaustive . . . Haunting”
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—Andrew Sullivan, The Dish
“Releasing this report is an important step to restoring our values and showing the world that we are a just society.”
—Senate Intelligence Committee chair Senator Dianne Feinstein
“A portrait of depravity that is hard to comprehend and even harder to stomach.”
—New York Times
“Details the use of gruesome torture techniques used by the CIA and . . . concludes that the agency misled both the White House and Congress."
—Christian Science Monitor
“I believe the American people have a right—indeed, a responsibility—to know what was done in their name; how these practices did or did not serve our interests; and how they comported with our most important values. I commend Chairman Feinstein and her staff for their diligence in seeking a truthful accounting of policies I hope we will never resort to again.”
—Senator John McCain
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—Rachel Maddow, MSNBC
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