Pelosi: Congress Must Get the Truth on Detainee Treatment at Clandestine Detention Facilities

Dec 16, 2005
Press Release

Pelosi: Congress Must Get the Truth on Detainee Treatment at Clandestine Detention Facilities

Friday, December 16, 2005

Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. â€" House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today supporting a motion to instruct conferees on the Department of Defense Authorization bill. The motion requiring the Director of National Intelligence to report any clandestine prison or detention facilities was offered by Congressman Ike Skelton (D-MO) and passed by a vote of 228 to 187:

“Yesterday, the House took a critical step toward redeeming the standing of our country in the eyes of the world by endorsing a prohibition on torture. Today, the House took another big step toward improving our world standing by voting to get the facts on charges that the CIA has run, and continues to run, clandestine detention facilities at which torture is practiced.

“Congress has failed to conduct proper oversight on the detainee mistreatment issue. In many cases, there has not even been an effort to collect the information necessary to determine the scope of the problem so that effective corrective action can be taken.

“Today’s motion begins to remedy that problem by requiring a report to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees containing the location and size of each clandestine detention facility, the number of detainees held, and the interrogation procedures used at the facility. Congress cannot determine whether or if the operation of these secret facilities was consistent with U.S. laws and regulations unless Members have the information these reports will provide.

“Congress can not assure the American people that acts performed ostensibly in their defense were consistent with the values of our country unless it gets to the truth on detainee treatment issue.”