US Senate CIA Torture Report: The Truth Is Our Best Value


The CIA investigation report released yesterday confirms rumors that detainees at Guantanamo and other off shore prisons were tortured.

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack, which killed more than 3,000 innocent people at the World Trade Center in New York City, there has been a great deal of anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. We can understand how U.S. intelligence operatives must have felt compelled to prevent such an attack from ever happening again on American soil.

But unlike the majority of U.S. citizens, who controlled their rage after 9/11 and did not resort to wholesale attacks on innocent Middle Easterners and Muslims in our country, it seems members of our supposedly most professional intelligence community decided to join our enemies in inhumane acts, torturing prisoners rounded up in the aftermath of 9/11.

Water boarding (a near drowning experience), exposure to degrading acts of interrogation, which caused the death of at least one prisoner, are not acts Americans are accustomed to hearing were perpetrated by other Americans, nor should they become accustomed to them.

America is an open and civilized society. We do not or should not hide from truth, even if the truth reveals are worst failings.

Therefore, while many fear the release of the U.S. Senate’s Intelligence Committee report will give our enemies an excuse or ammunition to attack Americans here or abroad, releasing the report to the light of day is an important step in accepting our own wrongdoings, and to try and ensure inhumane practices conducted by our intelligence community are not repeated.

We thank California Sen. Dianne Feinstein for her courage against intense pressure and for pushing for the release of the Intelligence

Committee’s findings on the CIA.

The senator and her committee have demonstrated to the world that the United States of America is not afraid of the truth about our failings or to take action to correct our mistakes, because the truth is what really makes Americans free.

We can’t judge whether CIA interrogators’ use of torture did or did not gain results in the gleaning of information that helped find Bin Laden or any another terrorists, or information to prevent an attack on Americans, nor do we believe we will ever know the full truth about all that has occured.

What we do know is that the report has given the U.S. a black eye, one we have earned and should now wear with pride because it came from the truth and can serve as a symbol of our determination to protect our ideals even if it hurts, because it only makes us better and stronger.

How many other countries are unafraid to face the truth? Not many these days.

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