CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

2014

SSCI Report, CIA Response, and Associated Documents

For a balanced assessment of the primary documents included here, see Robert Jervis, "The Torture Blame Game: The Botched Senate Report on the CIA’s Misdeeds," Foreign Affairs 94, vol. 3 (May-Jun. 2015): 120-127. Jervis notes that "the final report was essentially a product of the Democratic majority, which chose to absolve everyone but the CIA. The Republican rebuttal, in turn, amounted to a brief for the defense, based partly on the CIA’s response to the majority’s charges, with a heavy dose of snark thrown in.... [A] more collegial process would have served the country better, yielded a deeper understanding of what happened, and made clearer the legitimate disagreements that remain. Instead, the reports fail to present any evidence that could undermine their cases, express any uncertainty, or acknowledge any alternative interpretations of the facts they do include. And each sidesteps fundamental questions about the proper balance between values and security."

U.S. Congress, Senate, Select Committee on Intelligence, "Findings and Conclusions" and "Executive Summary," Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program (Approved 13 Dec. 2012; Updated for Release 3 Apr. 2014; Declassification Revisions 3 Dec. 2014), at: http://fas.org/irp/congress/2014_rpt/ssci-rdi.pdf.

U.S. Congress, Senate, Select Committee on Intelligence, "Minority Views of Vice Chairman Chambliss Joined by Senators Burr, Risch, Coats, Rubio, and Coburn," Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program (20 Jun. 2014), at: http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/press/minority-views.pdf.

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, "CIA Comments on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report on the Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Program" (27 Jun. 2014), at: https://www.cia.gov/library/reports/CIAs_June2013_Response_to_the_SSCI_Study_on_the_Former_Detention_and_Interrogation_Program.pdf.

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, "Overview of CIA-Congress Interactions Concerning the Agency's Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Program" (2014), at: http://ciasavedlives.com/bdr/cia-congress-interactions-regarding-cia-rdi-program.pdf.

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