Today the Supreme Court refused an appeal by a rights group seeking to reveal a 6,700 page report into CIA torture methods, black sites and interrogation tactics.
According to the Associated Press:
The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the 6,900-page report prepared by the Senate Intelligence Committee was not subject to Freedom of Information laws.
The committee previously released a lengthy summary of the report to the public, but the American Civil Liberties Union sued to obtain the full version. The ACLU argued that the report became subject to disclosure laws after the committee sent it around to several federal agencies for review.
During his term President Obama promised that the report would be declassified in full, within 12 years.
Yet here are, still waiting.
However in 2014 around 500 pages were declassified and highlighted controversial methods used by the CIA, which included forced nudity, periods sleep deprivation lasting more than a week at a time, and rectal rehydration.
Following at least 83 waterboarding sessions, detainee Abu Zubaydah died of hypothermia while chained to a a concrete floor.
Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU National Security Project, expressed disappointment at today’s decision:
The full report is the definitive account of one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history, and the public has a right to see it.