An in-depth investigation into vital unanswered questions raised by the US Senate’s startling report on CIA torture and rendition has been launched in the UK.
The probe is aimed at addressing crucial gaps in public knowledge, which linger in the wake of White House and CIA censorship of the Senate report.
The investigation is a collaboration between Britain’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism and a university research initiative called the Rendition Project.
It is backed by the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF), one of the most prolific organizations promoting press freedoms worldwide.
In an effort to drive and sustain the project, the FPF has launched a large-scale crowd-funding venture aimed at securing funding.
The US Senate Intelligence Committee released the explosive report on the CIA’s rendition and torture program in December.
The document, which provided a summary of the findings of a Senate Committee investigation into CIA torture, was approximately 525 pages long.
It described how detainees in covert CIA prisons across the globe were subjected to “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which included brutal beatings, “rectal feeding,” threatening family members and forcing detainees into coffin-sized confinement boxes for many hours at a time.
The Committee’s chair, Senator Dianne Feinstein, described the CIA’s rendition and interrogation program as “a stain on our values and on our history.”
Following the report’s December 9 release, the CIA defended the program, arguing it handled affairs as well as could be expected in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Many critics warn the Committee’s report, and its glaring evidence of human rights transgressions and potential legal infractions, will have little impact and has already been forgotten.