WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee today is expected to approve declassifying of the findings, conclusions and executive summary of its million report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques, leaving it to the White House to decide just how much of the 6,300-page investigation will actually become public.
President Obama’s decision on what to release could either startle the nation with details already described by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s chairwoman, as “un-American and brutal,” or offer a sanitized version of the controversial tactics used in questioning terror suspects.
In recent weeks, an unprecedented power struggle has surfaced between the committee and the CIA, which has triggered charges that the agency searched the panel’s computers without authorization and has led to requests to the Justice Department for criminal investigations of CIA personnel and Senate aides.
It’s unclear, however, precisely how the declassification process will unfold.
The White House could directly oversee what should be released, given the tensions between the committee and the CIA over the report. Or the White House could cede more control to the CIA, which could mean more details will be kept under wraps.
Already, the White House is getting advice.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, one of a growing number of committee members who plan to vote today to declassify, said: “There is no reason for the administration to take an inordinate amount of time to declassify. The only reason to do so is if they’re trying to drag this out for political purposes.”
Obama has said he was committed to seeing the report declassified once a final version is completed.
But he said it wouldn’t be proper for him to comment directly on the battle between the CIA and the committee
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