This report, offering an executive summary and conclusions, was released by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin and Ranking Member John McCain; it is the result of an 18-month inquiry into the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody. Parts 1 and 2 of the report were released in June and September, 2008.
Senator McCain stated, "The Committee's report details the inexcusable link between abusive interrogation techniques used by our enemies who ignored the Geneva Conventions and interrogation policy for detainees in U.S. custody. These policies are wrong and must never be repeated."
Chairman Levin said, "The abuses at Abu Ghraib, GTMO and elsewhere cannot be chalked up to the actions of a few bad apples. Attempts by senior officials to pass the buck to low ranking soldiers while avoiding any responsibility for abuses are unconscionable. The message from top officials was clear; it was acceptable to use degrading and abusive techniques against detainees. Our investigation is an effort to set the record straight on this chapter in our history that has so damaged both America's standing and our security. America needs to own up to its mistakes so that we can rebuild some of the good will that we have lost."