Here’s What You Need to Know About the Senate Torture Report

dick-cheney-senate-torture-reportThe Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture reveals that we did much more than “torture some folks”


The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report today condemning the CIA’s brutal interrogation techniques of suspected terrorist detainees during the Bush era.

The report reveals gruesome details about the CIA’s torture program: interrogations lasting for days on end; detainees forced to stand on broken legs, subjected to upwards of 180 hours of sleep deprivation, and forced to withstand conditions so cold it killed an inmate; prisoners were subjected to “rectal feeding” or “rectal hydration”—techniques that were described by the CIA’s chief of interrogations as a way to exert “total control over the detainee.”

Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein called the CIA’s actions in the aftermath of 9/11 a “stain on our values and on our history.”

“This is not America. This is not who we are,” said Senator Angus King, an independent from Maine and committee member. “What was done diminished our stature and enflamed… terrorists around the world.”

Despite these sentiments, there remains a number of individuals who did not want the report released to the public, including Dick Cheney.

Listed below is what you need to know about the Senate Intelligence Committee report.

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