Official records of CIA’s post-9/11 Torture exist:
The government should release it.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has completed a landmark 6,000-page report detailing its investigation of the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program. It reportedly debunks the claim TORTURE was necessary to save American lives. But, Americans can’t read the report unless the Committee votes to make it public, and the CIA is fighting to keep it secret. We’re pressing President Obama and the Senate to release the report so that an essential national reckoning can begin.
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U.S. Interrogator Says: You Deserve the Truth about Torture
I’ve made my career as military intelligence officer, responsible for leading interrogations in multiple theaters against some of our toughest adversaries. So when I say I oppose torture, it’s not only because it’s unlawful and un-American, it’s because it doesn’t work.
History has repeatedly demonstrated that torture produces unreliable information, increases the will to resist, creates more enemies, and divides vital alliances. The strategic consequences of torture can last for generations.
Far too often in recent years, the public discussion of this issue has been driven by self-serving comments by former officials who authorized torture after 9/11, but who have never conducted an actual interrogation in their lives. We need to change that.
As you may know, this study is the culmination of five years of investigative work by the committee. It’s over 6,000 pages long and based on a review of over 6 million pages of official documents.
In short, it has the potential to set the record straight on torture.
Please join me in urging the Senate intelligence committee to take action to have its study released.
It’s time the conversation about torture be driven by facts, not innuendo and partisan interests.
Colonel Steven Kleinman, USAFR
Military Leaders Speak Out on Torture Report:
After a multi-year review of CIA interrogation and detention policies in the years after 9/11, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) has produced a 6,000-plus page report that documents torture committed by the CIA and the resulting consequences. The committee will vote soon on whether to declassify it. Below is a letter from some of the nation’s most respected retired military leaders detailing why the American people deserve to see this report and calling on the committee to release it.
As former leaders of American Armed forces, we understand what it means to take the fight to the enemy—and we know what it takes to prevail. Together, we have hundreds of years of combined national security experience. We know that American ideals are what separate us from our enemies. Our values as a nation are assets in the fight against terrorism.
By authorizing torture after 9/11, government officials compromised our ideals and mission.
Many pundits and former officials continue to mislead the public about the morality, legality, and effectiveness of torture, leaving Americans in a state of confusion.
But now, we have the opportunity to set the record straight.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has produced a 6,000-plus page study of the post-9/11 CIA interrogation program, which it adopted in a bi-partisan vote. According to committee chair Senator Dianne Feinstein, the study shows that torture was more widespread and brutal than the public was led to believe—and was ineffective in producing critical intelligence.
Now the Committee will vote to decide whether Americans will be allowed to know what’s in the study.
Through internal investigations and congressional oversight, the military has confronted its role in this dark chapter of our history. The CIA now has an opportunity to do the same.
Americans deserve the truth about what was done in our names and what—if anything—was gained from it.
This is a national security imperative. We urge members of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to vote for release of the study so that all Americans will know the truth about this important national security issue.
Join us in calling for the release of the report on torture.
|General Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.)
General Charles C. Krulak, USMC (Ret.)
General Merrill A. McPeak, USAF (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Robert G. Gard Jr., USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Lee F. Gunn, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Charles Otstott, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Harry E. Soyster, USA (Ret.)
Major General Paul D. Eaton, USA (Ret.)
Major General Mari K. Eder, USA (Ret.)
|Rear Admiral Don Guter, JAGC, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John D. Hutson, JAGC, USN (Ret.)
Major General Michael R. Lehnert, USMC (Ret.)
Major General William L. Nash, USA (Ret.)
Major General Thomas J. Romig, USA (Ret.)
Major General Walter L. Stewart, Jr., USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General John Adams, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.)
Brigadier General James P. Cullen, USA (Ret.)
|Brigadier General Evelyn P. Foote, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Leif H. Hendrickson, USMC (Ret.)
Brigadier General David R. Irvine, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General John H. Johns, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Keith H. Kerr, CSMR (Ret.)
Brigadier General Murray G. Sagsveen, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Anthony Verrengia, USAF (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stephen N. Xenakis, USA (Ret.)