I applaud The Post’s thoughtful investigation into the CIA’s secret, post-9/11 “black site” prison network [“The hidden history of the CIA’s prison in Poland,” front page, Jan. 24]. The article offered one solution that would clear up the degree to which torture was used at the black sites: the release of the 6,000-page Senate intelligence committee report on the CIA’s interrogation program. Some of the information disclosed on the location of the secret sites and the transfer of $15 million in bribes through diplomatic pouches is new, and it’s unlikely that the CIA would have gone to such lengths to conceal these prisons unless something they knew was wrong — torture — was taking place.
Whether torture “works” and whether Congress was misled are critically important reasons the committee should release the report now. But both are secondary to the consensus of U.S. religious leaders that torture is immoral and should not be used under any circumstances, for any reason. Until we get a full accounting of what happened at the black sites, the moral integrity of the United States is compromised, as is the safety of our personnel in the field.
Ron Stief, Washington
The writer is executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.