Committee Chairman Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) administers the oath for Acting Director at the National Counterterrorism Center Nicholas Rasmussen during his confirmation hearing before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on Nov. 20, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Intel Committee releases report on Bush-era torture

As promised, the Senate Intelligence Committee released its full report this morning on the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by the Bush/Cheney administration. The document is online here (pdf), but note that it’s quite long and delays in load time should be expected.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s chairwoman, summarized the four key findings of the report this way:
1. The CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” were not effective.
2. The CIA provided extensive inaccurate information about the operation of the program and its effectiveness to policymakers and the public.
3. The CIA’s management of the program was inadequate and deeply flawed.
4. The CIA program was far more brutal than the CIA represented to policymakers and the American public.
Note, the link is to a 500-page executive summary of a longer, more comprehensive set of materials. It also includes plenty of redactions.
We’ll have more after reviewing the document, but for now, here’s msnbc’s coverage; here’s a report from NBC News on the findings; and here’s our report from this morning on why it’s important to disclose the committee’s findings, despite concerns about violent repercussions.
I was also struck by Feinstein herself offering a compelling defense in support of disclosure:
MSNBC Live with José Díaz-Balart, 12/9/14, 10:53 AM ET

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Intel Committee releases report on Bush-era torture