More US senators want CIA ‘torture’ report made public
Two more US senators have announced their support for the release of a summary of a Senate report which details the CIA’s torture techniques during the presidency of George W. Bush.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Independent Sen. Angus King, both from the US state of Maine, announced their support for the release of the report on Wednesday, one day before the Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to vote on whether to de-classify parts of the 6,300-page report.
The report, which cost $40 million and took nearly four years to compose, “uncovers startling details about the CIA detention and interrogation program and raises critical questions about intelligence operations and oversight,” according to committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-California).
“We remain strongly opposed to the use of torture, believing that it is fundamentally contrary to American values,” Collins and King said in a joint statement.
“While we have some concerns about the process for developing the report, its findings lead us to conclude that some detainees were subjected to techniques that constituted torture,” they added.
Feinstein has already said that she has the necessary votes to make the summary of the report public. However, according to Politico, US President Barack Obama is the one who decides whether the summary should be further redacted before being disclosed.
The Senate panel reviewed more than six million pages of CIA documents and other records on the agency’s controversial programs in order to compose the report.
The CIA has not accepted some of the report’s conclusions and has resisted the push from several members of the Senate panel for the release of the report.
The report has also opened a rift between the Senate panel and the CIA, with each side accusing the other of spying.