US lawmakers to vote on CIA torture report

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: A United States (US) Senate committee will vote next week on whether to declassify its report on a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogation program, potentially shedding light on some of the most objectionable tactics of America’s war on terror.

Disputes over the 6,300-page review and the years-long research conducted by Senate Intelligence Committee staff have led to a rift between the CIA and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who heads the panel.

She said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that a vote is expected on April 3, after one this week was postponed to give lawmakers more time to review the parts of the document that could be released to the public.

Feinstein wants to declassify the 400-page summary of the report, which critics of CIA interrogation policies have dubbed the torture report, as well as its key findings and conclusions.


“I think it’s very important that it be made public” so that the brutal techniques used in the program “will never happen again,” she told Agence France-Presse.

Democrat Sen. John Rockefeller, who avidly supports releasing the entire report with minimal redactions, said there was sufficient support among committee members for Feinstein’s proposal.

When the report, one of the most exhaustive acts of congressional oversight, was approved by the committee back in 2012, Feinstein described the program’s so-called black sites and use of enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, as “terrible mistakes.”

AFP

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