One Big Step Closer Toward Transparency on CIA TortureMarch 13, 2014
By Natalie Butz, Communications Specialist at Amnesty International USA
On Wednesday, President Obama announced that he strongly supports declassification and public release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture since 9/11.
This is a huge step forward in our effort to release the report! Release of this report will help us ensure that the CIA never uses torture again.
Amnesty International USA welcomed the news:
“This announcement is a huge step toward greater transparency. The whole report should indeed be declassified, not just bits and pieces. Senator Feinstein should move forward with a Committee vote on declassification as soon as possible.
But truly preventing torture requires another step. President Obama should move to declassify the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program itself. A real commitment to transparency and preventing torture in the future requires nothing less.”
To help us get the report released, please:
- Tweet: President Obama @WhiteHouse thank you for supporting release of the torture report! We have a right to the truth www.amnestyusa.org/ciatorture.
- Tweet: Dear @SenFeinstein: thank you for working to tell the truth about torture. Release the report ASAP! www.amnestyusa.org/ciatorture.
- Let your Senators know you support release of the report, click here: www.amnestyusa.org/ciatorture.
- Call the White House comment line at (202) 456-1111 and say: “I want to thank President Obama for supporting release of the Senate report on CIA torture.”
- For several years, we have been campaigning state by state – and in coalition in D.C. – to convince Senators on the Committee to vote in favor of submitting the report to the administration for declassification – and we are winning!
- Senator Feinstein described the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report as, “one of the most significant oversight efforts in the history of the United States Senate, and by far the most important oversight activity ever conducted by this committee.”
- Read more about the report and why it’s important at www.amnestyusa.org/ciatorture.
- Read more about the recent dispute between the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Thank you for taking action. Together we can prevent torture.