Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported that Asa Hutchinson, a member of the Board of Directors of The Constitution Project, made the following comments about conclusions of the report:
“There is no persuasive evidence in the public record that the widespread use of torture against suspected terrorists was necessary, that is that it produced significant information of value that could not have been otherwise obtained,” Hutchinson said.The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence had previously published its own (classified) 6000-page investigative report on so-called torture by the CIA.
That report also apparently concluded that the disputed CIA interrogation methods did not produce significant amounts of intelligence of value.
Various people disputed that report at the time.
However, the 2013 report from The Constitution Project both supported the findings of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and allowed people to boast that, “. . . it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture.”
But the CIA has now issued a report of its own.
And while The Washington Post reports that, “. . . the agency’s response and the 6,000-page congressional report it addresses both remain classified. . .” the newspaper did note the following:
Despite lawmakers’ conclusions that harsh interrogations were ineffective, “anyone who was around and involved in the program knows that’s not right,” said a former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official. “I don’t know how they could fail to say that actually it was effective, and you can separate that from whether you approve of it or not.”It remains to be seen how much impact this will have on the public debate over the allegations that the U.S. government tortured terrorists, and the debate over the effectiveness of this so-called torture.
It also remains to be seen if the media will focus attention on recent Amnesty International allegations that the Commonwealth of Independent States are conducting renditions and engaging in so-called torture.