The contentious Senate report about torture is out and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is now facing its biggest crises since 1975 when the now famous Church Committee was formed to investigate intelligence agencies in America. The report is being made public after six arduous years and it is bad news for America which prides itself as the beacon of human rights in the international stage. Each year the US state department publishes reports on countries with bad human rights record. But this time the tables have finally turned.
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California as led this charge for a very long time and now it has been very clear how the CIA never fully informed the Senate or the White House about its clandestine torture activity. If one would read the report it would make them sick from within and some of the technique was downright cruel. Terror suspects were made to stand for hours or were held in a position which caused serious distress physically. Inmates were sleep deprives for up to 180 hours which could have serious mental impact and then there was the forced “rectal feeding” and “rectal hydration” which is only practices when and if there is a medical emergency. These acts were performed on inmates to take away all their dignity and ensure total control.
Sadly most of the torture did not help provide the information which was hoped and one can say in many cases it was merely an academic exercise. The people who were captured were kept in secret locations for their duration of the rendition. Senator Dianne Feinstein said this whole torture issue was a “Stain in our values,” and she further added “History will judge us by our commitment to a just society governed by law and the willingness to face an ugly truth and say ‘never again.’”
The Republicans senators are livid that this report portrays the then Republican President George Bush in bad light and the CIA has called the publication of this report as ” incomplete and selective picture of what occurred.” John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director said “As an agency, we have learned from these mistakes, which is why my predecessors and I have implemented various remedial measures over the years to address institutional deficiencies.” Whatever may be the outcome of these hearings and reports, one thing is clear America has no right to question other nations with regards to human rights and torture and would the men and women who approved these harsh methods and those who actually carried it out will ever face justice will remain to be seen.