Statement: The Military Commissions Act of 2006
October 20, 2006
October 17, 2006 -- Today, the President signed into law the Military Commissions Act of 2006. It gives CIA the legal clarity and legislative support necessary to continue a program that has been one of our country's most effective tools in the fight against terrorism. The Act ensures that we can detain and interrogate key terrorist figures in the future, if and when the need arises. We can be confident that our program remains – as it always has been – fully compliant with U.S. law, the Constitution, and our international treaty obligations.
Although the President announced the existence of CIA's detention and interrogation program last month, all aspects of the program not released by the White House or the Office of the DNI, remain classified. I will keep the bipartisan Congressional leadership and our oversight committees fully informed to ensure continued support for this program and a clear understanding of its important role in keeping America safe. I firmly believe in the necessity and value of their oversight.
The Military Commissions Act amounts to a very public vote of confidence by Congress and the President in the skill and discipline of CIA's officers. It is a vote of confidence that you, the men and women of CIA, have earned through professionalism, dedication, and personal sacrifice. I share their confidence and know that you will continue to serve our country honorably.