Target: Chairman Dianne Feinstein
Goal: Release the details of the CIA’s torture program to the public without redactions
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will soon vote on whether or not to release part of its report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s method of detention and torture. Releasing such a report will be the first step towards public accounting of torture by the United States. The committee not only needs to release this information, but they need to do so without any redactions.
It’s believed that the CIA has kept their torture program a secret for more than a decade. The 6,3000 page report documents the methods used on the post September 11th, 2001 detainees. The report also includes descriptions of each detainee that was in the CIA’s custody, interrogation techniques, detention conditions, and any intelligence that was gained through the program.
On the second full day of his term as President, Obama closed the CIA’s secret prisons and ended its detention and interrogation program. President Obama also said that water boarding was a form of torture. It was a component of the CIA’s method of torture, where the victim was repeatedly drowned until they confessed or gave information to their captor. However there are current and former government officials who support and justify the CIA’s program because it provided “actionable intelligence” in the “war on terror.”
The use of torture is degrading and cruel and the practice is considered to be unlawful at all times. Confessions obtained through the use of torture or other harmful means shouldn’t be viable in court and the United States shouldn’t support such methods. Sign this petition and demand the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee to release the report with no redactions, as the public has a right to know what their nation is doing to detainees.
Dear Chairman Dianne Feinstein,
I am writing this letter to demand that the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee release the full report on the CIA without any redactions. As a U.S. citizen I have the right to know what my government is doing to detainees, and that includes interrogation and torture techniques. While many fear that the release of such documents threatens our nation, I believe in a transparent government that doesn’t lie to their citizens.
The use of torture and other harmful techniques are considered unlawful at all times and under all circumstances. I don’t want to think of my country using torture as a means to obtain information; we should be a country that upholds human rights. Therefore I ask again that your committee release the report with no redactions.
[Your Name Here]
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