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Release the Report on Torture - Americans Deserve the Truth


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After a multi-year review of CIA interrogation and detention policies in the years after 9/11, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) has produced a 6,000-plus page report that documents torture committed by the CIA and the resulting consequences. The committee will vote soon on whether to declassify it. Below is a letter from some of the nation’s most respected retired military leaders detailing why the American people deserve to see this report and calling on the committee to release it.

As former leaders of American Armed forces, we understand what it means to take the fight to the enemy—and we know what it takes to prevail. Together, we have hundreds of years of combined national security experience. We know that American ideals are what separate us from our enemies. Our values as a nation are assets in the fight against terrorism.

By authorizing torture after 9/11, government officials compromised our ideals and mission.

Many pundits and former officials continue to mislead the public about the morality, legality, and effectiveness of torture, leaving Americans in a state of confusion.

But now, we have the opportunity to set the record straight.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has produced a 6,000-plus page study of the post-9/11 CIA interrogation program, which it adopted in a bi-partisan vote. According to committee chair Senator Dianne Feinstein, the study shows that torture was more widespread and brutal than the public was led to believe—and was ineffective in producing critical intelligence.

Now the Committee will vote to decide whether Americans will be allowed to know what’s in the study.

Through internal investigations and congressional oversight, the military has confronted its role in this dark chapter of our history. The CIA now has an opportunity to do the same.

Americans deserve the truth about what was done in our names and what—if anything—was gained from it.

This is a national security imperative. We urge members of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to vote for release of the study so that all Americans will know the truth about this important national security issue.

Join us in calling for the release of the report on torture.

General Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.)
General Charles C. Krulak, USMC (Ret.)
General Merrill A. McPeak, USAF (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Robert G. Gard Jr., USA (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Lee F. Gunn, USN (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Charles Otstott, USA (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Harry E. Soyster, USA (Ret.)
Major General Paul D. Eaton, USA (Ret.)
Major General Mari K. Eder, USA (Ret.)
Rear Admiral Don Guter, JAGC, USN (Ret.)
Rear Admiral John D. Hutson, JAGC, USN (Ret.)
Major General Michael R. Lehnert, USMC (Ret.)
Major General William L. Nash, USA (Ret.)
Major General Thomas J. Romig, USA (Ret.)
Major General Walter L. Stewart, Jr., USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General John Adams, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.)
Brigadier General James P. Cullen, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Evelyn P. Foote, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Leif H. Hendrickson, USMC (Ret.) 
Brigadier General David R. Irvine, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General John H. Johns, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Keith H. Kerr, CSMR (Ret.)
Brigadier General Murray G. Sagsveen, USA (Ret.)
Brigadier General Anthony Verrengia, USAF (Ret.)
Brigadier General Stephen N. Xenakis, USA (Ret.)

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