Posted: 1:35 pm Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
By Jamie Dupree
Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report Tuesday that accused the CIA of going beyond the law after the 9-11 attacks, arguing the intelligence agency’s interrogation techniques were akin to torture.
“The implications of this report are profound,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “Not only is torture wrong, but it doesn’t work.”
Others from Reid’s side of the aisle joined in, as Democrats released an over 500 page summary of CIA interrogations.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 9, 2014
You can read the entire report from Democrats on the webste of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The report found the CIA used techniques like waterboarding, sleep deprivation for up to 180 hours, ice water baths and rectal rehydration to try to draw out intelligence from detainees.
Appalled & disturbed by revelations in CIA #TortureReport. These abuses are a violation of human rights & a national disgrace.
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) December 9, 2014
While Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined Democrats in denouncing the CIA, most Republicans hit back at Democrats, accusing them of a partisan, biased report.
Those who served us in aftermath of 9/11 deserve our thanks not one sided partisan Senate report that now places American lives in danger.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 9, 2014
The top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), reissued a statement from back in August, as he labeled the report, an “ideologically motivated, distorted recounting of events.”
As for the Intelligence Community, the CIA Director took pains to say that he disagreed with the findings of Democrats on some points, noting the last time waterboarding was used was in March 2003.
“The Attorney General later reaffirmed the legality of the technique despite the intensity of use, but the medical concerns, combined with CIA’s increasing knowledge base, its improving skill using less coercive techniques, and the move of al-Qa’ida’s senior leaders beyond its reach, ended the use of this technique,” said the CIA in its own 125 page response.
As for the response of the intelligence community, some foreign policy experts said it was quickly obvious which way that was running.
Best email so far: "We will not forget this. US(G) betrayed us. We know who is responsible & we will remember." (top NATO intel official)
— John Schindler (@20committee) December 9, 2014
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.