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Three ProQuest Resources on the Senate Report on CIA Torture


The 16-foot diameter CIA seal that is inlaid in granite in the lobby of the Old Headquarters Building of the CIA. [Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons

On December 8, 2014, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a long-awaited 525-page executive summary of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program with its “enhanced interrogation” practices that were used on detainees accused of terrorism following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The enhanced interrogation included practices such as waterboarding, physical abuse and extreme sleep deprivation. Human rights organizations, President Barack Obama and others have described enhanced interrogation practices as torture. The Senate panel’s findings, obtained from a documentary review of more than six million pages of documents and other materials provided by the CIA, conclude that the enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA at secret sites abroad were ineffective and even led to false leads. However, in a December 10, 2014, Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, former CIA Directors George J. Tenet, Porter J. Goss and Michael V. Hayden, as well as three former CIA Deputy Directors argue that the report is one-sided and contains errors of fact and interpretation. The Senate panel findings have sparked widespread debate over the use of torture to gain information and raises critical questions about  the ethics and effectiveness of the CIA’s methods.

Below are three ProQuest products where you can find a wealth of resources – including primary sources — that will give your students a greater depth of knowledge on this topic:

1.  ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher contains a Human Rights Leading Issue, which includes sub issues on Torture and Internment. Here, students can find timelines with links, overviews and articles on multiple perspectives to support their research. Ideal for debates or papers analyzing more than one side to an issue, each sub issue contains an essential question with supporting pro con articles. The Torture essential question asks students the following question:

Is the use of torture on detainees who are suspected terrorists justifiable?


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Visual Browse of the Human Rights Leading Issue, ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

2. eLibrary offers dozens of well-crafted Research Topic pages on Torture and related issues, including Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, and the 9/11 Attacks (2001). These pages are embedded with links to carefully selected articles and websites as well as a trove of primary source documents, videos and images.  Students can find these pages via keyword search or by clicking on the “Find your Research Topic here” link on the search page:

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Torture (see below) is one such Research Topic page:

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Torture Research Topic Page, ProQuest eLibrary


3. DNSA (Digital National Security Archive) contains an online collection of significant declassified documents concerning U.S. foreign and military policy from 1945 to the present. One of the collections within DNSA is CIA Covert Operations: From Carter to Obama, 1977-2010. Here, you can access primary source emails, memos and other key documents that offer a unique insight into the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques.



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