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Feinstein: CIA Torture Report a ‘Stain’ on America’s Values, History

Feinstein: CIA Torture Report a ‘Stain’ on America’s Values, History

Speaking about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 500-page report on CIA torture practices released Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told the Senate chamber Tuesday morning that the release of the report could not remove the “stain” on America’s honor.

“On March 11, 2009, the Committee voted 14-1 to begin a review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program,” Feinstein began. “Over the past five years, a small team of committee investigators pored over the more than 6.3 million pages of CIA records to complete this report, or what we call the study.”

“It shows that the CIA’s actions a decade ago are a stain on our values and on our history. The release of this 500-page summary cannot remove that stain but it can and does say to our people and the world, that America is big enough to admit when it’s wrong, and confident enough to learn from its mistakes.”

“Releasing this report is an important step to restore our values and show the world that we are, in fact, a just and lawful society.”

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