By Christian Brown
The emergence of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the C.I.A.’s torture program on December 5th, 2014, shed light on a disturbing period in America's recent history. Although general knowledge of the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program--the transfer of a detainee to the custody of a foreign government without legal process--existed before the release of the Senate report, the report detailed in great depth the illegal and inhumane processes used during the CIA’s detention and interrogation program from 2001-2006. The most important things the report revealed were:
President Obama, speaking to Univision, said the report showed that the United States “did some things that violated who we are as a people.” He explained, “Any fair-minded person looking at this would say that some terrible mistakes were made in allowing these kinds of practices to take place.”
The president is right. Allowing torture does contradict the core values we hold as Americans. We can not truly have protection from “cruel and unusual punishment” when our government is allowed to torture detainees that they kidnap overseas, in most cases with very little probable cause (many of whom were later found innocent). A 2003 CIA document found the agency was "holding a number of detainees about whom" it knew "very little.” The entire program as a whole was a gross violation of human rights proliferated by hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that produced no actionable intelligence. As Senator Dianne Feinstein said, there’s “no evidence that terror attacks were stopped, terrorists captured or lives saved through use of EITs.”
Information for this article was gathered from rt.com/usa/213603-torture-panel-shocking-findings/ and www.washingtontimes.com.
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