Senate Torture Investigation Fails to Interview Key Torture Victims

Attorneys for detainees say that the U.S. government has ‘no desire to credibly investigate or in any other way hold accountable’ those who approved or conducted torture by Lauren McCauley – The soon-to-be-released Senate inquiry into CIA torture has failed to investigate the experience of those who felt that treatment first hand: Guantanamo’s highest level detainees, according to Monday reporting by the Guardian’s Spencer Ackerman, who spoke with attorneys for the imprisoned men. “If you’re conducting a genuine inquiry of a program that tortured people, don’t you begin by talking to the people who were tortured?” David Nevin, who represents accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, told Ackerman. According to Nevin, his client along with accused al-Qaeda members Walid bin Attash, Abu Zubaydah, and suspected USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were never approached by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), led by committee chairwoman Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which...

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Lame-Duck Senator Urged to ‘Show Principles’ and Release Torture Report to Public Record

Transparency advocates urge Mark Udall (D-Col.) to ‘finally expose, in great detail, the secret government wrongdoing he’s been criticizing for years’ by Sarah Lazare – Colorado Senator Mark Udall (D), one of the few congressional dissenters against U.S. government agencies’ secrecy and spying, was voted out of office last week. Now, transparency advocates are urging Udall to exit with a flourish, by using his congressional access and immunity—while he still has them—to expose to the public the Senate’s still-classified report on CIA torture. Udall sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee behind the report—which the Obama White House is refusing to fully release despite its completion over a year and a half ago and widespread calls for its complete declassification. “I strongly believe there should be a public and unequivocal commitment from the White House to the fullest and most expedited possible declassification of the Committee’s Study,” Udall declared in March. “Such...

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