Obama Will Not Declassify Torture Report
A six year long, U.S. Senate investigation into the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques resulted in a 6,700 page report. In a nutshell, that report concluded that torture is ineffective and does not work.
It proved the anti-human rights torture techniques, frequently employed by the Bush 43 administration, were illegal and dehumanizing. The individuals who engaged in that torture violated national and international law. They also needlessly destroyed the moral standing of the United States of America. By executive order, Obama ended torture shortly after taking office in January 2009.
The Obama administration notified Senators Feinstein and Burr that the report would not be declassified. Instead, Obama has ordered that the report be included in his Presidential archive. Consequently, that classified report will remain hidden, although it may be eligible for declassification, at some point and time in the future.
President Obama should have declassified and released the torture report. The President should have applied the same standard of transparency to Bush Administration officials who violated the law, that America applies to the records of arrestees, criminals and ex offenders.
President Should Classify Arrest Record Index
The FBI maintains an Interstate Identification Index. This extensive database contains a record of all 100 million people arrested and fingerprinted by any local, state, or federal law enforcement agency in America. The individuals included in that index are not afforded the same level of secrecy the President has now afforded members of the Bush 43 administration who illegally engaged in torture.
Within the final few weeks of his Administration President Obama should classify the arrest records of the 60 million FBI indexed people who were not subsequently convicted of a crime. Like the Torture report, the index of people arrested should be shielded within Obama’s Presidential archive. This would provide average Americans a greater opportunity to enjoy Life, Liberty, and enable the pursuit of happiness..