From the Office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
MIKULSKI STATEMENT ON RELEASE OF DECLASSIFIED SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE REPORT ON PAST CIA TORTURE AND INTERROGATION PRACTICES
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today issued the following statement on the release of the Committee’s declassified report on the CIA’s past rendition, detention and interrogation practices. The report was reviewed and redacted in conjunction with the CIA and White House, and the Director for National Intelligence approved its declassification:
“I support the release of the declassified Executive Summary, Findings, Conclusions and Additional Views of the committee’s report on the CIA’s past rendition, detention and interrogation program. With the release of this report, the American people finally have the information they need to understand the CIA’s interrogation practices that spanned 2001 through 2009, when President Obama put an end to the Bush-era program.
“The CIA’s practices went against our values as Americans and damaged America’s global reputation. The committee’s report shows not only that torture didn’t extract the ‘otherwise unavailable’ intelligence that some CIA officials claimed, it didn’t work as a policy or in practice.
“My views against torture have been consistent with those of Senator John McCain, whose stance against torture is particularly compelling given his own experiences as a prisoner of war. I have also supported the use of interrogation techniques as laid out in the Army Field Manual and have decried the use of contractors by the CIA in the torture of detainees.
“I have consistently opposed the repugnance, legality and efficacy of torture. I supported FBI Director Robert Mueller’s directive saying FBI agents may not participate in torture. I’ve repeatedly and publicly expressed my frustration about being lied to and manipulated by some CIA officials over many years. As I said during the Intelligence Committee’s hearing confirming John Brennan as CIA Director, ‘I’m going to be blunt and this will be no surprise to you, sir — but I’ve been on this Committee for more than 10 years, and with the exception of Mr. Panetta, I feel I’ve been jerked around by every CIA Director.’
“To be clear, my support for this report in no way diminishes my respect for the men and women of the CIA, who are faithfully and legally doing their duties. The CIA’s intelligence professionals put their lives at risk for our country. They deserve our support and respect.
“I would like to thank Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein for her leadership as well as my committee colleagues from both sides of the aisle who supported this investigation. Throughout the frustrating and sometimes contentious process of producing this report, we never gave up on pursuing the truth. Thanks also to the Committee staff who worked tirelessly on this report at great sacrifice to themselves and their families.
“This report sheds light on a complicated episode in American history, but it’s also a testament to the value of never giving up on the search for truth and accountability. I hope that future generations will read it, study it, learn from it and make sure that torture is never used again by the U.S. Government.”