The torture report: sources and a response

The report itself

On Tuesday, December 9, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a 500-plus-page document reporting on the committee’s study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Long as it is, the document is only a condensed account, containing a foreword by Senator Dianne Feinstein, a set of findings and conclusions, and an executive summary. According to Senator Feinstein’s foreword, “The full Committee Study, which totals more than 6,700 pages, remains classified but is now an official Senate report.” That full study may be released, or leaked, to the public sometime in the future. In the meantime, if you want to go beyond news accounts and consult the condensed report for yourself, here are some options.

• Read the report on a New York Times web page

• Read the report on the Scribd site, or download it in either PDF or TXT form

• Read or download, on the Intelligence Committee’s site, the report itself, as well as what the site calls “Additional Views” and “Minority & Additional Minority Views.”

A response

From the first paragraph of a section called “What Is Enlightenment?” in The New Buddhism, by David Brazier (Palgrave, 2002):

It is enlightened to abolish slavery. It is enlightened to attend to the welfare of animals. It is enlightened to create the conditions for world peace. It is enlightened to help others in myriad everyday ways. It is enlightened to recognise others as brothers and sisters. It is enlightened to view yourself objectively and not collude with superstition. Basically, it is enlightened to be kind and to stand up against cruelty. [emphasis added]

Many questions follow upon the principle in that final sentence. Nonetheless, it’s a beginning.

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Originally published at on December 13, 2014.