Washington—Today marks one year since the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program was released to the public. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, released the following statement:
“Over the last year, some notable reforms have been implemented. Most importantly, President Obama signed a bill last month to ensure the United States will never again violate our morals or laws by using torture—a long overdue but critically important achievement. The CIA has also committed to making reforms including greater internal oversight of covert action programs, implementation of which I intend to carefully scrutinize.
“I have been disappointed, however, by the continued lack of accountability at the CIA, as well as the DNI’s refusal to expand its oversight of the intelligence community with regard to inaccurate representations and other concerns identified in the report. There are also reforms that should be implemented at the State Department and Justice Department, which are responsible for reviewing the foreign policy implications and legality of covert action and other intelligence activities.
“The White House, too, can take immediate steps toward improving intelligence oversight, including by nominating a candidate for the CIA inspector general position that has remained vacant for nearly a year.
“Over the past several months, I’ve been particularly disappointed that federal agencies are refusing to read the full report and apply the lessons learned. If we refuse to understand and acknowledge our mistakes, we risk repeating them.
“The CIA’s detention and interrogation program was a failed intelligence effort with enormous legal and moral shortcomings. The program did not save lives and in the end actually became a powerful weapon for our enemies. I’m pleased that Congress has taken a meaningful step to ensure that such mistakes are never repeated.”