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This statement was read to the US Senate today by Senator Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. 


Feinstein Statement on Intelligence Committee's CIA Detention, Interrogation Report

   Washington-- Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the committee's study on the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program:

   "Over the past week, there have been numerous press articles written about the Intelligence Committee's oversight review of the Detention and Interrogation Program of the CIA, specifically press attention has focused on the CIA's intrusion and search of the Senate Select Committee's computers as well as the committee's acquisition of a certain internal CIA document known as the Panetta Review.

   I rise today to set the record straight and to provide a full accounting of the facts and history.

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   Let me say up front that I come to the Senate Floor reluctantly. Since January 15, 2014, when I was informed of the CIA's search of this committee's network, I have been trying to resolve this dispute in a discreet and respectful way. I have not commented in response to media requests for additional information on this matter. However, the increasing amount of inaccurate information circulating now cannot be allowed to stand unanswered.

   The origin of this study: The CIA's detention and interrogation program began operations in 2002, though it was not until September 2006, that Members of the Intelligence Committee, other than the Chairman and Vice Chairman, were briefed. In fact, we were briefed by then-CIA Director Hayden only hours before President Bush disclosed the program to the public.

   A little more than a year later, on December 6, 2007, a New York Times article revealed the troubling fact that the CIA had destroyed videotapes of some of the CIA's first interrogations using so-called "enhanced techniques." We learned that this destruction was over the objections of President Bush's White House Counsel and the Director of National Intelligence.

   After we read about the tapes' destruction in the newspapers, Director Hayden briefed the Senate Intelligence Committee. He assured us that this was not destruction of evidence, as detailed records of the interrogations existed on paper in the form of CIA operational cables describing the detention conditions and the day-to-day CIA interrogations.

   The CIA director stated that these cables were "a more than adequate representation" of what would have been on the destroyed tapes. Director Hayden offered at that time, during Senator Jay Rockefeller's chairmanship of the committee, to allow Members or staff to review these sensitive CIA operational cables given that the videotapes had been destroyed.

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   Chairman Rockefeller sent two of his committee staffers out to the CIA on nights and weekends to review thousands of these cables, which took many months. By the time the two staffers completed their review into the CIA's early interrogations in early 2009, I had become chairman of the committee and President Obama had been sworn into office.

   The resulting staff report was chilling. The interrogations and the conditions of confinement at the CIA detention sites were far different and far more harsh than the way the CIA had described them to us. As result of the staff's initial report, I proposed, and then-Vice Chairman Bond agreed, and the committee overwhelmingly approved, that the committee conduct an expansive and full review of CIA's detention and interrogation program.

   On March 5, 2009, the committee voted 14-1 to initiate a comprehensive review of the CIA Detention and Interrogation Program. Immediately, we sent a request for documents to all relevant executive branch agencies, chiefly among them the CIA.

   The committee's preference was for the CIA to turn over all responsive documents to the committee's office, as had been done in previous committee investigations.

   Director Panetta proposed an alternative arrangement: to provide literally millions of pages of operational cables, internal emails, memos, and other documents pursuant to the committee's document requests at a secure location in Northern Virginia. We agreed, but insisted on several conditions and protections to ensure the integrity of this congressional investigation.

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Dianne Feinstein is a US Senator representing California. She is majority chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee


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http://youtu.be/SjbPi00k_ME ... by mrk * on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 2:06:03 PM
Good one! ... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 4:11:12 PM
Now round up the usual suspects. ... by Maxwell on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 9:10:40 AM
Let her know if you support her.  And let her... by Samson on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:15:05 PM
Diane, Though I'm pleased you finally noticed we... by Carol Davidek-Waller on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 3:39:22 PM
maybe this is Feinstein's wake up call! if so, gre... by b. sadie bailey on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:28:44 AM
That's what I'm thinking (hoping). She caught her... by Bob Davey on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 5:01:07 PM
Isn't she the one who says outfits like OEN should... by Maxwell on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 9:13:42 AM
Tell her that, or at least tell the staffers in he... by Samson on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:15:53 PM
Not so funny when it happens to you, right Diane?T... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 4:16:41 PM
Exactly!!  They outrage she has when it happe... by BravoBull on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 6:52:34 PM
It's called American Exceptionalism - the rules do... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 8:36:06 PM
Hmmm, when those stories came out about her husban... by Samson on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:20:01 PM
Very disturbing information, yet, we appreciate th... by Mari Eliza on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 4:50:40 PM
The head of the Senate Intelligence oversight Comm... by S. Juniper on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 5:31:37 PM
Gee, Feinstein is all for the intelligence agencie... by David McElroy on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 5:36:25 PM
Whatever anyone thinks about Feinstein's past lac... by yunus Luebben on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 7:13:16 PM
Good post. Couldn't agree more.  Brennan is... by Bob Davey on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 8:33:46 PM
Sorry somehow posted dup.....ignore this ... by yunus Luebben on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 7:13:59 PM
Is this the same war profiteering now moral champi... by Freedom Knight on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 7:34:10 PM
The CIA going to the Dept. of Justice seems to be... by Bob Davey on Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 8:18:12 PM
Ever see the movie Charlie Wilson's war? &nbs... by Samson on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:08:30 PM
Don't stand too close behind her.  I'd hate t... by Samson on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:13:13 PM
well it's ok if some people want to kill the messe... by b. sadie bailey on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:26:47 AM
But, its Ms. Feinstein who can and should "protect... by Samson on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:05:05 PM
This is no messenger. This is a deceiver taking yo... by Freedom Knight on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 5:57:17 AM
I suspect this is only the tip of the iceberg.&nbs... by Maxwell on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 9:03:51 AM
Funny isn't it,the senate and House thinks its fin... by kappie on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 9:29:33 AM
The President is responsible for what the governme... by Samson on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 12:59:54 PM
"MAY have violated the Constitution" Ha! Flagrant ... by S. Juniper on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 3:13:30 PM