Judge orders government to preserve Senate 'torture report'

Judge orders government to preserve Senate 'torture report'
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A federal judge has ordered that a Senate report on how the CIA detained and interrogated terror suspects after 9/11 be preserved by the government.

The order was issued Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth.

It was issued at the request of lawyers for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who was waterboarded while a detainee in CIA custody.

He is now facing charges in connection to involvement in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors.


The documents the federal judge is ordering to be preserved include the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, "Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program" and the CIA report prepared between 2012 and 2014 in response. 

Earlier this month, President Obama told Senate Intelligence leaders he will preserve the 7,000-page Senate report in his presidential papers.

But he said he would not seek to declassify the document prior to leaving.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinJane Fonda to push for end to offshore oil drilling in California Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council on Mental Wellbeing — Merck asks FDA to authorize five-day COVID-19 treatment Bannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ MORE (D-Calif.), who chaired the committee when it produced the so-called torture report, has pushed to release the document.

“It’s my very strong belief that one day this report should be declassified,” she said in a statement earlier this month.

“The president has refused to do so at this time, but I’m pleased the report will go into his archives as part of his presidential records, will not be subject to destruction and will one day be available for declassification.”