U.S. Senators are considering using a special rule to compel the White House to reveal the information from their investigation into the CIA’s post-9/11 use of torture to interrogate detainees.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) have both warned the Obama administration this week that they are willing to use Senate Resolution 400, which gives the Senate Intelligence Committee the power to disclose information it considered to be in the public interest without presidential approval, to publish the report if the White House continues to stall its release. It reads:
The rule was established in 1976 when the committee was formed. It has only been used once in the past, to release a now-declassified document on the Bush administration’s legal arguments to torture terrorist suspects, but senators have occasionally invoked it to put pressure on the White House, even if they did not intend to use it.
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But Wyden, who first mentioned using the resolution in this case in October 2013, told Yahoo News that he is willing to take advantage of the committee’s power to release the documents. “I am going to use whatever tools it takes, including Senate Res 400, to declassify the torture report,” Wyden said.
If the committee decided to employ the rule, it would have to vote to bring the report before a closed full Senate session, a rare event. The president would have five days to object; after that, the Senate could vote on releasing the information.
Wyden said in April that the public would be “profoundly disturbed” by the contents of the report, but that releasing it was vital to “keep these mistakes from being repeated and make our national intelligence agencies stronger and more effective in the long run.”
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