Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Senate Intelligence Committee’s Torture Report

“The Intelligence Committee’s report on the now-defunct CIA detention and interrogation program should be shared with the American people to the greatest extent possible.  The Senate at its best can act as the conscience of the Nation, and part of that responsibility is ensuring transparency in our government.  We cannot learn from our mistakes without understanding what happened and how they occurred.  The administration should move swiftly to review the committee’s executive summary, findings and conclusions so that they can be made public in as full a form as possible.

“The use of torture during the previous administration was a shameful chapter in our history, and I fully support the Committee’s efforts to investigate and document what really happened.  Senator Feinstein deserves enormous credit for her continued leadership in seeking declassification of portions of this report.  I applaud her and those members of the Intelligence Committee who took the important step today of bringing this critical information one step closer to the public.”

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