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ACLU calls Obama Admin to release CIA torture report

world Updated: Aug 22, 2009 10:24 IST

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Led by Amrit Singh, daughter of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a prominent civil liberties organisation on Saturday asked the Obama administration to release a CIA report on the legality and effectiveness of the agency's "enhanced interrogation" programme without significant redactions.

The government is required to turnover the CIA's Inspector General (IG) report on August 24 in connection with a long-running American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking documents related to the treatment of prisoners in US custody overseas.

The CIA is also facing an August 31 deadline to turnover dozens of additional documents related to the Inspector General's investigation and the CIA's torture programme in general, ACLU said in a statement.

"President Obama made a commitment to transparency and accountability, and it's time for his administration to make good on that promise," said Singh, staff attorney with the ACLU.

"The CIA Inspector General report is a crucial document that would shed light on the origins and scope of the CIA's torture programme. The American public has a right to know the full truth about the torture that was committed in its name," Singh said.