May 09, 2014 - There are tragedies and then there are scandals. The killings of four Americans in Benghazi, as investigations by the State Department and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have already confirmed, was a tragedy, and likely a preventable one. But the Bush administration's regime of detainee torture was both a tragedy and a scandal. The use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, wasn't just a violation of U.S. and international law and a perversion of American values. Torture committed in the name of the United States is a national disgrace and a permanent stain that cannot be erased. And still there has been no accountability for those who ordered it, those who justified it and those who carried it out.
Which is why Republicans and their conservative amen corner now so cynically exploiting the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi must immediately join the call for declassification and public release of the Senate torture report as soon as possible.
In April, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted 11-3 to release its 6,300-page report on the uses and abuses of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency. With the support of Republicans John McCain (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), committee Chair Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has urged the White House to make public a declassified version of their findings that was four years and $40 million in the making. Unfortunately, McClatchy reported this week, that requested deadline of 30 days will be missed badly: read more>>>