Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, has announced it has received a top secret memorandum from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that appears to detail the extent of congressional knowledge about alleged torture of foreign terrorist suspects in United States custody.
The memo is said to include a report of a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence closed hearing, conducted in July 2004, regarding the subject of enhanced interrogation techniques.
The organization has released several excerpts from the hearing, including a summary of testimony by a Department of Defense official who reportedly asserted that “interrogation is a critically valuable tool, and … the most [important] factor in the capture of Saddam Hussein.”
Another top official was quoted as saying that methods such as diet and sleep “management,” as well as “segregation,” are among the most important techniques that were—or were planned to be—employed at that time.
After the memo was made public last week, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said it proved what the group had long suspected, namely that intelligence officials repeatedly informed members of Congress that enhanced interrogation techniques were effective.
“We are now beginning to get a very clear picture of what members of Congress knew and when they knew it,” he added.