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A moral black hole

From an editorial Friday in the Baltimore Sun:

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted last week to declassify parts of its report on the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” to extract information from terrorist detainees, but parts of the work that have been leaked appear to confirm Americans’ worst fears about the secret program.

Committee investigators found that the brutal treatment of prisoners was far more widespread than the agency has acknowledged and that CIA officials deliberately misled Congress about the effectiveness of methods that brought shame on the nation and amounted to little more than torture by another name.

The Senate committee investigators also charged that to cover up the fact that the interrogation program wasn’t working as advertised, CIA officials repeatedly lied to Congress about the real sources of their information.

President Obama entered office in 2009 on a pledge to rein in the CIA’s use of torture, and we urge him promptly to make public the evidence of this most shameful episode in our history. It’s necessary not only to galvanize Congress and the White House to greater oversight of intelligence community operations but also because the American people deserve to know the grisly details of the crimes committed in their name so that they will never be allowed to happen again.

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