President Obama talks with CIA Director Brennan (center) and Chief of Staff McDonough in the White House, as Brennan holds the CIA's response to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA secret detention and interrogation program, on May 10, 2013.

“The Senate report summary should forever put to rest CIA denials that it engaged in torture, which is criminal and can never be justified,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The report shows the repeated claims that harsh measures were needed to protect Americans are utter fiction.”

Unless this important truth-telling process leads to prosecution of officials, torture will remain a ‘policy option’ for future presidents.

Human Rights Watch is reviewing the redacted summary of the US Senate report and will update this page accordingly.

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