In December 2014, the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) ‘Detention and Interrogation Program’. The complete report runs to 6000 pages and, despite calls for its release, remains classified. The 525 page declassified summary along with the executive summary of the 6,000 page report provides, amongst others, a detailed account of the techniques used by the CIA in the ‘war on terror’, exposes the ineffectiveness of such techniques as a means of gathering reliable intelligence information, and raises – in the words of Dianne Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Committee, 'critical questions about intelligence operations and oversight’.

Unsurprisingly the report prompted calls for those responsible for the programme to be held to account, while the redacted segments of the report refocused our attention on the role of the UK and other European states. This discussion will examine the implications of the Feinstein Report for the UK in terms of accountability, prevention and transparency.


Professor Philippe Sands QC
UCL and Matrix Chambers

Carla Ferstman
Director, REDRESS

Andy Worthington
Investigative journalist and co-director of Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo (2009)

Dr Emma McClean
Senior Lecturer in Law
University of Westminster [email protected]

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