In the Foreword to the report,
the Chairman of the Committee (Senator Dianne Feinstein) stated - " .... it is my personal conclusion that, under any common meaning of the term, CID detainees were tortured ....". She goes on to add, " ... conditions of confinement and unauthorised interrogation and conditioning techniques were cruel, inhuman and degrading ..."
See the comments of 9th December by Senator Feinstein on her website.
USA and the Torture Convention:
The United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment was ratified by the USA on 21st October 1994 (see Wikipedia) but subject to various declarations, reservations and understandings as discussed in this Congressional Briefing Document. In particular, the USA sought to prevent Articles 1 to 16 of the Convention being self-executing within the USA. Hence, domestic legislation is required to implement aspects of the convention within the domestic law of the USA.
UN Committee against Torture
Universal Jurisdiction - described by Amnesty International
Some media reaction:
The Guardian - CIA Torture Report - various links
The Guardian 10th December - British MPs demand inquiry into UK's role in CIA abductions
The Guardian 9th December - CIA torture report: Europe must come clean about its own complicity - where it is argued that the CIA’s activities would not have been possible without the help of Britain and 20 other European nations. The Council of Europe has been concerned with the matter of extraordinary rendition - see this Chronology. Many further links are available via Rendition Project.
The Guardian 9th December - The Guardian view on the US torture report: America's shame and disgrace
Telegraph 9th December - US torture report: CIA used discredited Cold War techniques
- www.independent.co.uk/.../cia-torture-report-so-when-will-britain-come-...7 hours ago - Two of the Report's findings will make a permanent contribution to anti-terror discourse: the fact that torture never produces crucial intelligence ...
- www.independent.co.uk › News › World › Americas7 hours ago - Over several years, the CIA wrongfully asserted that eight separate terror plots had been foiled because of the interrogation programme and ...
- www.independent.co.uk › News › World › Americas11 hours ago - CIA torture: Report shows CIA tortured suspects at secret overseas sites for years
, achieved nothing from it, and lied about it ...
- www.independent.co.uk › News › World › Americas21 hours ago - The report concluded that the CIA deceived the nation and policy-makers by ... CIA torture report: 5 questions you'll wish you didn't have to ask