The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 11-3 to declassify and release the executive summary of the infamous torture report they’ve been sitting on for a long time. It’s been sent to the White House for declassification review, so some of it will be redacted, but it’s still a big step in the right direction.
The public will soon get its first look at a voluminous report on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation practices during the George W. Bush administration, after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted on Thursday to declassify key sections of it.
“The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat of California and the chairwoman of the committee, said in a written statement after the vote.
It continued, “This is not what Americans do.”
The committee voted to declassify the report’s executive summary and conclusions — more than 500 of its 6,200 pages. The next step is President Obama’s approval. Mr. Obama, who opposed the C.I.A. program as a presidential candidate and discontinued it once he took office in 2009, has said he wants the findings of the report made public.
The White House would not say how long it would take the administration to review the report for sensitive national security disclosures, but a spokeswoman said the process, which will include a review by the C.I.A., would be expedited.
“We urge the committee to complete the report and send it to us, so that we can declassify the findings and the American people can understand what happened in the past, and that can help guide us as we move forward,” said Caitlin Hayden, the spokeswoman for the National Security Council. “We’ll do that as expeditiously as we can.”
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this happened after the revelations about the CIA spying on Senate staffers during the writing of the report. That clearly infuriated Dianne Feinstein, who has been an enthusiastic supporter of the NSA’s data mining on everyone else, and she wants revenge on the CIA. So the CIA may well have screwed themselves over. Which is fine with me.