A copy of the Senate Intelligence Committee “CIA Torture Report” has been delivered to a federal court vault, according to Trump administration officials. The 6700-page report, created in 2014, details how CIA investigators abused suspected terrorists detained at offshore “black sites” such as Guantanamo Bay.
Federal judges handling the unlawful detention cases for two Guantanamo inmates, Abd al Rahim al Nashiri and Zayn al Abdeen Mohammed al Hussein, ordered a copy of the report to be sent to their safe. However, the Obama administration resisted turning a copy of the report over to the courts, as Democrats feared that Richard Burr, Republican head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, would make all copies of the report disappear before it could be released.
Last Friday, Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler notified the court that “the government deposited for the Court Information Security Officers (CISOs) for secure storage a complete and unredacted electronic copy of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.”
Attorney Rick Kammen, who is defending Nashiri in his death penalty case, said that the document's delivery is “a big deal because we know that at least one copy will be preserved for future litigation.” Judge Royce Lamberth “made it clear that the failure to comply with his order would be dealt with harshly,” the attorney added.
“I'm not too surprised the administration complied,” Kammen said. The Trump administration “had a pretty bad week in court and another slap down would not have been pretty.”