The Trump administration has begun returning to Congress copies of a 2014 Senate report detailing the CIA’s controversial detention and interrogation program, raising the possibility that the 6,700-page document could be locked away for good.
The CIA, the agency’s inspector general and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have so far returned their copies. The FBI and the departments of Justice, State and Defense were also sent copies in 2014.
The report, the result of a yearslong investigation spearheaded by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats under then-chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), details the CIA’s use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that are considered torture by international standards.
Considered the most complete accounting of the Bush-era program, the so-called “torture report” found many of the CIA’s practices were overly brutal and possibly illegal.
Since its completion, the document has been the focal point of a fierce tug-of-war between committee Democrats and civil liberties advocates — who fear it will be buried forever — and congressional Republicans, who argue that it is overly critical of the CIA.