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Feinstein prevails in long battle to release torture report
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle, December 9, 2014
Posted: December 15th, 2014

Sen. Dianne Feinsteins last act as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee ... had Washingtons most powerful forces arrayed against her. At the end ... Feinstein said she was more determined than ever to release the summary of a 6,700-page report on the CIAs use of torture after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She has been vilified, the committee was spied on, the CIA and its supporters ran what amounted to a domestic disinformation campaign against the report and the committee, said Stephen Rickard, executive director of the Open Society Policy Center, a civil liberties and human rights group in Washington. She did her job. Her job was to provide congressional oversight of an executive branch agency, and she met prolonged and intense resistance. Feinstein called the report the most significant and comprehensive oversight report in the committees history, and perhaps in that of the U.S. Senate. The Senate panel examined nearly 6.3 million pages of documents, without Republican cooperation and against the resistance of the CIA, which went so far as to hack Intelligence Committee computers and threaten to bring criminal charges against the staff. Although President Obama insisted he wanted the report made public, administration officials reportedly pressed for redactions that Senate Democrats said would make the report meaningless.

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