Court Says CIA Torture Report Can Stay Secret
The CIA can keep secret an almost-7000 page report on “harsh interrogation methods” ruled a federal judge.
The complete 6,963-page report compiled by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and the related “Panetta review,” are exempt from the dictates of the Freedom of Information Act, U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg concluded.
Though noting that “this case is no slam dunk for the government,” Boasberg in his 26-page decision Wednesday rejected the ACLU’s arguments for disclosure. The Senate committee report, he reasoned, remained a document under congressional control, and Congress made sure to exempt itself from FOIA…
Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project, voiced disappointment in the ruling.
“The direct, contemporaneous evidence shows that the full torture report is subject to the FOIA because Congress sent it to the executive branch with instructions that it be broadly used to ensure torture never happens again,” Shamsi said in a statement. “The Senate’s landmark investigation into a dark period in our nation’s history should not stay behind closed government doors, but needs to see the light of day.”
But the current Senate committee chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said he was pleased.