CIA Comments on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report on the Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Program: Memorandum for the Honorable Dianne Feinstein and the Honorable Saxby Chambliss   [open pdf - 5MB]

This is an declassified commentary report from the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), John Brennan, that was released on December 8, 2014, by CIA. The purpose of this report is to "comment on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Study of the Agency's long-terminated Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Program (hereafter referred to as the 'Study'). [...] As you know, one of the President's first acts in office more than four years ago was to sign Executive Order 13491, which brought to an end the program that is the subject of the Committee's work. In particular, the President directed that the CIA no longer operate detention facilities and banned the use of all interrogation techniques not in the Army Field Manual. Thus, before getting into the substance of the CIA's review of the Study, I want to reaffirm what I said during my confirmation hearing: I agree with the President's decision, and, while I am the Director of the CIA, this program will not under any circumstances be reinitiated." CIA released a "Note to Readers of 'The Central Intelligence Agency's Response to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Study of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program'" that makes necessary corrections to the memorandum. The note is found at the following link: https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=760466.

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