The Senate Intelligence Committee has completed the most comprehensive review of the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation and detention program ever undertaken. Those who have read the report—like Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Intelligence Committee—say that it shows that torture was both more widespread and less effective at foiling terrorist plots than we thought. But you may never get to read it if the CIA has its way.
If we are to learn from—and continue to reject—the policies of official cruelty that damaged America's moral standing, put our troops at risk, and undermined our national security, the Senate torture report must be made public.
It is common knowledge that after 9/11 the U.S. government turned its back on American ideals and headed over to the "dark side." Now, torture proponents are seeking to bury the report. But there is no good reason to keep Americans in the dark about what really happened.
We need to examine the CIA's past conduct in order to prevent abuses in the future, but we can't do so if the Senate torture report is locked away.
Sign the petition below to urge the Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee to release the torture report.
We strongly support the Intelligence Committee’s work to establish a factual record of the CIA’s interrogation, rendition, and detention program. The absence of a comprehensive examination of the facts based on the official record has allowed supporters of torture to press unsubstantiated claims that abusive practices were necessary to keep Americans safe from terror attacks.
The public is entitled to a complete reporting of the facts, with as few redactions as possible, detailing how and why these techniques came to be used, and whether they were effective. Only by learning from the historical record can we ensure that future policy decisions are effective, lawful, and consistent with American values.