The Senate sent President Obama it’s torture report in April for declassification. This report took five years to make. After innumerable redactions were made by the Obama administration, the report was nonsensical. “Redactions are supposed to remove names or anything that could compromise sources and methods, not to undermine the source material so that it is impossible to understand,” Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the committee, said Sunday in a statement. “Try reading a novel with 15 percent of the words blacked out. It can’t be done properly.” Additionally, the blacking out of supporting evidence, such as proof that information derived from torture actually came from other intelligence sources was quite troubling.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein expects the executive summary of her staff’s long-awaited report on the torture of American detainees to be ready for public release before the end of September, she said in an unaired segment of her “Meet the Press” interview this weekend (starts at 10:25 of the video).
“What we are engaged in is working with the administration to see that the redaction is such that it does not destroy the report. If you redact the evidence — heavily — then we cannot sustain our findings. We will not put out a report that does not enable us to sustain our findings. And I believe that that is understood. Progress has been made. I think the report will likely come out in the second half of September sometime — but it won’t come out until it is readable and understandable.”