The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture

Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program

This is the complete official summary report of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Central Intelligence Agency interrogation and detention programs launched in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Based on over six million internal CIA documents, the report details secret prisons, prisoner deaths, interrogation practices, and cooperation with other foreign and domestic agencies. It also examines charges that the CIA deceived elected officials and governmental overseers about the extent and legality of its operations.

Over five years in the making, and withheld from public view since its declassification in April, 2014, this is the full summary report—fully searchable in digital format—as finally released by the United States government on December 9th, 2014.


“A portrait of depravity that is hard to comprehend and even harder to stomach.”
—The New York Times

“This massive chronicle of malfeasance concerns not only the efficacy of certain interrogation techniques, not only the perennial clash between spies and their civilian overseers, but something far more profound: the nation’s political soul.”

A Boston Globe bestseller

“The Senate intelligence committee’s report is a landmark in accountability… It is one of the most shocking documents ever produced by any modern democracy about its own abuses of its own highest principles.”
—The Guardian (UK)

“Exhaustive… Haunting.”
—The Washington Post

“Releasing this report is an important step to restoring our values and showing the world that we are a just society.”
—Senate Intelligence Committee chair Senator Diane Feinstein

“The most extensive review of U.S. intelligence-gathering tactics in generations.”
—The Los Angeles Times

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Portland Mercury

“A watershed moment in contemporary publishing.”

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“Given the swift and harsh condemnations of CIA interrogation tactics, the Torture Report is sure to top nonfiction charts for months to come — mark my words.”

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“I believe the American people have a right—indeed, a responsibility—to know what was done in their name; how these practices did or did not serve our interests; and how they comported with our most important values. I commend Chairman Feinstein and her staff for their diligence in seeking a truthful accounting of policies I hope we will never resort to again.”
—Senator John McCain