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U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
America can't guarantee that we won't engage in torture if we don't examine the past
America can't guarantee that we won't engage in torture if we don't examine the past

Yes, America. We tortured. And it was illegal, abhorrent and cruel. How can we ignore the facts? How can we fail to demand that the full and complete truth be provided to us? Earlier this year, those of us who follow such news of the intelligence world learned from the Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment that there was great evidence — shared in an in-depth, 500-page, two-year study — that the U.S. government engaged in torture of detainees in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Detainees died as a result of our torture activities, and former President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld were involved...

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