Senate Armed Services Committee Set to Release Fuller Torture Report
Word coming down the pike: the Senate Armed Services Committee is gearing up to release a fuller version of its report from last year on how the Rumsfeld-era Defense Department got into the torture business. Last year, you’ll recall, the committee held a series of hearings that provided the deepest look to date about the origins of Pentagon interrogation and detainee policy. “Senior officials in the United States government sought information on aggressive techniques, twisted the law to create the appearance of their legality and authorized their use against detainees,” committee chair Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said in June. In December, the committee declassified and released the executive summary of its report.
Now the committee is preparing to release a more complete, declassified version of the report. It’s unclear to me right now if they’re going to declassify the whole thing, but if you haven’t gotten enough interrogation and detention disclosures since Thursday, you’re in for another helping.