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Senate Select Comiiiittee on Infelligeoee
Committee Study ofthe CentralIntelligenceAgmcy 's Detention and
Foreword by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Bianne Feinstein
Findings and Concliisioiis
Approved Deeember 13,,2012
Updatedfor Release April 3, 2014
Deciassificatiori Revisions December 3, Ml4
On April 3, 2014, the Senate Select Committee onIntelligence voted to send the
Findings and Conclusions and the Executive Summary of its final Study on the
CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program to the President fordeclassification
and subsequent public release.
This action marked the culmination ofa monumental effort that officially began
with the Committee's decision to initiate the Study in March 2009, but which had
its roots in an investigation into the CIA's destruction ofvideotapes ofCIA
detainee interrogations that beganin December 2007.
The full Committee Study, which totals more than 6,700 pages, remains classified
but is now an official Senate report. The full report has been provided to the White
House, the CIA, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, the
Department of State, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the
hopes that it willprevent future coercive interrogation practices and inform the
management of other covert action programs.
As the Chairman of the Committee since 2009,1 write to offer some additional
views, context, and history.
I began my service on the Senate Intelligence Committee in January 2001. I
remember testimony that summer from George Tenet, the Director of Central
Intelligence, that warned of a possible major terrorist event against the United
States, but without specifics on the time, location, or method of attack. On
September 11, 2001, the world learned the answers to those questions that had
consumed the CIA and other parts of the U.S. Intelligence Community.^
I recall vividly watching the horror of