The United States Supreme Court rejected an appeal by human rights groups to publish a report condemning the CIA on its torture program in the wake of the September 11 attacks, saying it would remain secret.
The court rejected the arguments of the American Civil Liberties Union that the highly secret report compiled by the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2014 must be published on the basis of the US government’s transparency rules.
“We are disappointed with this huge setback in the transparency and accountability of the government,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the Union’s National Security Project. “The full report is a solid record of one of the most dark chapters of our nation’s history.
Thus, the Supreme Court’s ruling on a previous ruling issued by the Federal Court in Washington ruled that the report did not fall within the rules that required disclosure of some government records.
The 6700-page report examined in depth the CIA’s secret detention program and the torture of al-Qaeda suspects in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
The renditions of the suspects are also separated into CIA sites known as “black” sites, and the use of illegal methods of torture such as drowning in order to obtain information.
He also asked in-depth questions about the effectiveness of these methods, which were later blocked by the administration of former US President Barack Obama.
About 500 pages were declassified to allow public release when it was completed, enough to expose the CIA and former President George W. Bush’s administration, which allowed the program to be applied, to much criticism.
The CIA rejected some of the report’s findings, while some politicians said it supported arguments to torture suspects, and only a handful of copies of the report were distributed to several government departments and intelligence agencies.