August 24, 2009

Wyden Says Interrogation Report Underscores the Importance of Independent CIA Inspector General

Washington, D.C - U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement today in response to the release of the CIA's Inspector General's May 2004 report on the agency's detention and interrogation program.

"The release of this report makes it clear that - at a time when the Bush Administration was keeping Congress and the American people in the dark - the CIA Inspector General was the only one conducting serious, professional oversight of the CIA's detention and interrogation program. The Inspector General's report raised serious concerns about the program and I believe this is one of the reasons that CIA leadership later attempted to undermine his independence. When the Administration withholds information from Congress, the Office of the Inspector General is the only entity providing objective oversight of sensitive intelligence programs and that is why it is vital that the independence of the Inspector General be guarded."