Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum The Trumpification of the federal courts Trump to rally evangelicals after critical Christianity Today editorial MORE (D-Nev.) on Tuesday said the only way the United States can move forward is to admit that torture occurred following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“Today, for the first time, the American people will learn the full truth about the torture that took place under the CIA during the Bush Administration,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “The only way our country can put this episode in the past is to come to terms with what happened and commit to ensuring it will never happen again.”


Reid made the comments moments before Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced the 500-page summary report was being released. Her committee spent years investigating the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) detention and interrogation program under former President George W. Bush’s presidency.

The report showed that the Bush administration used torture but that the information gained wasn’t useful.

“Not only is torture wrong, but it doesn’t work,” Reid said. “It got us nothing but a bad name.”