An independent book publisher is offering a free online edition of the Senate report on torture in light of President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE’s nomination of Gina Haspel to the top post at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Melville House made the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture available for free download on Wednesday.
“In light of the president’s nomination of Gina Haspel to head the CIA, we’ve made e-books of the Torture Report free through week’s end. Download it, read it, and please spread the word,” they wrote in a statement online.
The summary report of the committee’s investigation, released in 2014, details more than 6 million CIA documents on interrogation and detention programs created following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Haspel was nominated on Tuesday after Trump fired Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe West must deter aggression from tyrants better than it did last century Hillicon Valley — Blinken unveils new cyber bureau at State Blinken formally announces new State Department cyber bureau MORE and nominated current CIA Director Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: US reaffirms support for Ukraine amid threat of Russian invasion Pence to deliver keynote at fundraising banquet for South Carolina-based pregnancy center Russia suggests military deployments to Cuba, Venezuela an option MORE for the role.
Her nomination has been met with fierce backlash from politicians and advocacy groups who say her involvement in the brutal torture programs should disqualify her. Haspel joined the CIA in 1985 and ran a CIA “black site” prison in Thailand in 2002 that used "interrogation techniques" like waterboarding.
Peter Clark, the sales manager at Melville House, ripped her nomination as a "terrible idea” in a blog post explaining their free e-book.
“What’s clear from the Torture Report is that Haspel helped develop, authorize, and oversee what became one of the worst and most inhumane programs in U.S. government history,” Clark wrote. “It tarnished the reputation of America and disgusted sensible people everywhere. It was evil and wrong. And it didn’t work.”
The American Civil Liberties Union said Haspel was “up to her eyeballs in torture, both in running a secret torture prison in Thailand and carrying out an order to cover up torture crimes by destroying videotapes.”
Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulConservative pundit says YouTube blocked interview with Rand Paul These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 I'm furious about Democrats taking the blame — it's time to fight back MORE (R-Ky.) said he would oppose her nomination, as did
Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden's year two won't be about bipartisanship Biden: A good coach knows when to change up the team These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (R-Ariz.), who was tortured while imprisoned during the Vietnam War, said she needed to “explain the nature” of her involvement in the program.