Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) this morning took to the Senate floor to defend the release of a report detailing the CIA’s interrogation and detention policies in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Not going unnoticed is the timing of this release just as the House Oversight Committee begins questioning Jonathan Gruber about his damaging statements on the architecting of Obamacare.
Senate panel releases scathing report on CIA interrogation amid warnings of backlash
A Democrat-led Senate panel released a scathing report Tuesday on CIA interrogation practices amid warnings from lawmakers and some within the Obama administration that the findings could “endanger the lives of Americans” all over the world.
The report, from the Senate intelligence committee, claimed the interrogation techniques used were “brutal and far worse” than the CIA represented to lawmakers. Further, the report claimed the tactics were not effective and the spy agency gave “inaccurate” information about it to Congress and the White House. The report called the CIA management of the program “deeply flawed” — though agency officials have staunchly defended the program and credited it with helping track down Usama bin Laden and other terror leaders.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the head of the intelligence panel who ordered the release of the report, alleged on the Senate floor on Tuesday that the CIA techniques in some cases amounted to “torture.”
“History will judge us by our commitment to a just society governed by law and the willingness to face an ugly truth and say ‘never again’,” she said on the floor. “There may never be the right time to release this report. … But this report is too important to shelve indefinitely.”
The White House and President Obama backed the decision to release the report, despite warnings from lawmakers and some inside the administration that it could lead to a backlash against Americans.
Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, in a statement late Monday, called the move a “partisan effort” by Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. They said the report is not “serious or constructive.”
“We are concerned that this release could endanger the lives of Americans overseas, jeopardize U.S. relations with foreign partners, potentially incite violence, create political problems for our allies, and be used as a recruitment tool for our enemies,” the senators said. “Simply put, this release is reckless and irresponsible.”