Message from the Acting Director: SSCI Report on Past Agency Program
Statement to Employees from Acting Director Michael Morell about the SSCI Report on Past Agency Program
December 14, 2012
As you may know, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday voted to adopt a report prepared by the Committee’s majority staff on the Central Intelligence Agency’s former detention and interrogation program. The Committee voted to make the report available for comment to several Executive Branch agencies, including CIA, and I very much appreciate Chairman Feinstein’s commitment that the report is open to revision.
Because CIA has not yet received the report, I am not able to comment on its substance, but I will do so at the appropriate time. Given the volume of the report—some 6,000 pages—and the 15 February deadline to complete our review, I want to thank in advance those officers who have stepped up to the task of helping to craft our comments.
We all are aware that this program has been the subject of much controversy. It has been the subject of multiple internal and external inquiries and investigations, and it is important to remember that the program was terminated by Presidential Executive Order almost four years ago.
I want to be clear that the Agency’s senior leaders and I are very proud of the courage and commitment each of you brings to the mission of protecting our country from the many threats and other national security challenges it faces. This is especially true for the officers who are on the front line of the fight against terrorism.