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August 05, 2014

Senate Report Will Set the Record Straight on Torture

An opinion piece by Human Rights First's Michael J. Quigley

In 2009 with bi-partisan support, the Senate intelligence committee began an investigation of the CIA’s use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”  I served as an interrogation expert on the investigation team based on my role with the Defense Intelligence Agency's Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center and my experience interrogating high value detainees at Guantanamo.

Now the findings of that investigation are about to be released. In May, the intelligence committee voted 11-3 to declassify the executive summary and conclusions of the 6,000-plus page report, and the redaction process is reportedly nearing an end. Americans will soon be able to see for themselves what the U.S. government did in their name—and what it lost as a result.'

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