Senate torture report could open floodgates for costly lawsuits against United States, Britain and other allies complicit in programme, experts warn

Chained and kneeling: Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees captured in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks were transferred to the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba

The explosive Senate Committee torture report could open the floodgates for costly lawsuits against the U.S., Britain and any other countries complicit with the CIA’s so-called ‘enhanced interrogation’ programme, top lawyers have warned.

Experts who have spent years working at American detention centres said yesterday’s report did not contain any surprises, but suggested that now detainees’ torture allegations are supported by an official government report, claimants have far more evidence to back any legal action.

Human rights lawyers are currently working their way through the 525-page report, which confirmed the existence of secret CIA prisons around the world, in the hope of finding material that could provide the breakthrough needed to revive dormant and failed lawsuits launched by detainees.

Previously, private claimants and international non-governmental organizations have found it incredibly difficult to win legal challenges alleging illegal interrogation by the CIA and its allies.

This is largely because, until now, the U.S. government has insisted that all details of the detentions and related extraordinary rendition hearings were state secrets, and therefore not valid evidence…

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  • Exile1981

    The release of this report is designed to make things hard for the US; it’s payback by the dems for the american people taking away the senate from them.

    • Alain

      Yes and what they did amounts to sedition of the worst kind. I say of the worst kind, because there is a war going on that pretending otherwise does not make it cease. Of course no one including the Republicans will ever hold them accountable for that.

      • Exile1981

        unfortunately your right no one will.

  • Dana Garcia

    Good work, Dianne!

  • Martin Luffa

    Money for trial lawyers = donations to Democrat politicians

  • This was part of the intent.

  • Jan Morrissy

    So no one remembers what terrorist attacks happened during the last 10-14 years, and, more importantly, how many attacks were stopped by the ‘intel’ gained by anally feeding these goofs? Please.
    The US lost 3000 citizens and 7/7 in Britain… and on and on . This is ridiculous that they let this out now.

  • pop

    If so, we might as well hand over the keys to Isis and Islamic dictators.

  • Gettingby

    Politicians and elitists better wake up soon, IS are not the only ones that can remove heads.

  • Clausewitz

    The lawsuits are of no matter to the Democrats. It’s not their money, however they think it is.

  • Canadian

    The big mistake was not killing them after use.

  • Barrington Minge

    Why am I not surprised about the content of this report. Does anybody really believe that the CIA were ever whiter-than-white?