Diaal News - The Senate intelligence committee voted on Thursday to declassify parts of a study into the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture on detainees suspected of terrorist activity.
Diane Feinstein of California, the committee’s chairwoman commented on the study’s results as “shocking” and “in stark contrast to our values as a nation.”
The landmark 11-3 vote, which took place in secret session, now puts the Obama administration at the epicenter of a controversy that it has attempted to avoid for over five years.
The implications of the vote have immediate ramifications for the defendants of 9/11 terrorism charges that are detained at Guantanamo Bay.
The executive summary, findings and conclusions of a report that accuses the CIA of the execution of abusive interrogations, extra-legal detentions and so-called “renditions” of suspected terrorists to partner countries and misleading the administration and the congress about its operations.
“Torture is wrong, and we must make sure that the misconduct and the grave errors made in the CIA’s detention and interrogation program never happen again,” said the independent senator Angus King and the Republican Susan Collins, both of Maine in a statement announcing they would vote for partial declassification, a move that apparently cleared the path to Thursday’s outcome.
The CIA believes the study to be misleading and inaccurate. Caitlin Hayden, National Security Council spokeswoman stated Thursday “The CIA, in consultation with other agencies, will conduct the declassification review.” , further Hayden said, “ The President has been clear that he wants this process complete as expeditiously as possible, consistent with national security, and that’s what we will do.”
CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said, it would help the United States “return to the principle in the future that anyone who commits this crime, regardless of rank, will be called to account and perhaps criminally prosecuted”.
By Reinhart Imberg © 2014 Diaal News. All rights reserved