Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Senate's Torture Report

David Segal,


BIG, IMPORTANT NEWS: Our calls for the release of the Senate's Torture Report were heard.  Senator Dianne Feinstein released the 500-page summary yesterday, and it details broad abuse of detainees and countless lies to cover it up.

Here's the lede from the New York Times's article this morning, headlined "Panel Faults C.I.A. Over Brutality and Deceit in Terrorism Interrogations":

WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday issued a sweeping indictment of the Central Intelligence Agency’s program to detain and interrogate terrorism suspects in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks, drawing on millions of internal C.I.A. documents to illuminate practices that it said were more brutal — and far less effective — than the agency acknowledged either to Bush administration officials or to the public.

We don't always agree with her, but there's no doubt that Feinstein's decision was courageous, undertaken in spite of aggressive discouragement by the White House, the CIA, and the broader intelligence "community".

And now she's catching hell for it, as the powerful forces whose crimes she is helping to expose push back against her -- and hard. 

Feinstein did exactly what we hoped she would, and now we need to show her that we have her back.
Will you call her office and thank her for releasing the report? It'll just take 2 minutes:

If you're calling before 5pm Eastern, it's best to call her DC office at: (202) 224-3841
If you're calling after 5pm Eastern, try calling her San Francisco staff at: (415) 393-0707
You can say something like: "I agree with you that the CIA's actions were a stain on our values, and that we must learn from our mistakes.  Thank you so much for releasing the Torture Report -- we know it wasn't easy."

Please do make a quick call at one (or both) of the numbers above.  We gain credibility and power if we get the backs of people who do what we ask them to -- and future requests will ring hollow if we don't.

And thanks so much for your work on this important issue.
-Demand Progress


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