A Senate committee is close to putting the final stamp on a massive report on the CIA’s detention, interrogation and rendition of terror suspects. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who heads the Select Committee on Intelligence, called the roughly 6,000-page report “the most definitive review of this CIA program to be conducted.”
But it’s unclear how much, if any, of the review you might get to read.
The reason for that possibility, which the ProPublica piece did not explain, is that the SSCI will–in violation of the entire concept of separation of powers–submit the report to the Intelligence Community for a declassification review…effectively giving the IC a veto over what the public actually learns about the IC’s own misdeeds as chronicled in the report. There is, of course, a simple solution: the SSCI could assert its Constitutional prerogatives and make the report public after conducting its own declassification review. You have a better chance of being struck by lightning than seeing that happen.