Bipartisan Group of National Security Leaders Call for Sustained Policy Reform and Oversight on U.S. Interrogation Activities

Washington, D.C. – Today, Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) released its newest bipartisan statement on U.S. interrogation policy, signed by twenty Republican and Democratic national security experts.

The statement asserts that the United States detainee interrogation policy can live up to American values and, at the same time, protect U.S. national security. The statement aims to garner support in Congress to actively, effectively oversee America’s intelligence community to ensure adherence to standards set in the U.S. Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations.

Signatories to PSA’s statement include seven former Senators, two former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairs, three former Governors, Chair and Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission, and eight Cabinet and senior-level officials from the Carter, Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton, Bush (43), and Obama administrations. This initiative builds upon PSA’s 2005 statement entitled Treatment of Prisoners and 2008 statement Uniform Interrogation Standards, which denounced the use of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of prisoners under American control.

The Newest Statement Reads:

The United States detainee interrogation policy can live up to American values and, at the same time, protect our national security. This policy, supported by overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation in 2005, states: “No individual in the custody or under the physical control of the U.S. Government, regardless of nationality or physical location, shall be subject to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.”* Such principles can be attained by following the U.S. Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations. We believe these lawful, humane, and effective techniques will produce actionable intelligence while adhering to our founding principles.

To ensure the integrity of this critical process, Congress should conduct effective, real-time oversight on America’s intelligence communities. Failure to live up to these internal safeguards adversely affects the nation’s security and damages America’s reputation in the world.
* Detainee Treatment Act of 2005

Richard Armitage
Deputy Secretary of State
2001-2005

Rita
Hauser

Chair, International Peace Institute

1992-Present

Donald
McHenry

Ambassador to the United Nations

1979-1981

Howard
Berman

U.S. Congressman (D-CA)

1983-2013

Carla
Hills

U.S. Trade Representative

1989-1993

William
Perry

Secretary of Defense

1994-1997

David
Boren

U.S. Senator (D-OK), 1979-1994

Governor of Oklahoma, 1975-1979

Thomas
Kean

Governor of New Jersey, 1982-1990

9/11 Commission Chairman

Charles
Robb

U.S. Senator (D-VA), 1989-2001

Governor of Virginia, 1982-1986

Harold
Brown
Secretary of Defense
1977-1981

Richard C.
Leone

Former President of the

Century Foundation

Ken
Salazar

Secretary of the Interior, 2009-2013

U.S. Senator (D-CO), 2005-2009

David
Durenberger

U.S. Senator (R-MN)

1978-1995

Carl Levin

U.S. Senator (D-MI)

1979-2015

George
Shultz

Secretary of State

1982-1989

Lee
Hamilton

U.S. Congressman (D-IN)

1965-1999

Richard
Lugar

U.S. Senator (R-IN)

1977-2013

John E. Sununu

U.S. Senator (R-NH)

2003-2009

Gary Hart

U.S. Senator (D-CO)

1975-1987

Robert C.
McFarlane

National Security Advisor

1983-1985

William H.
Taft IV

Deputy Secretary of Defense

1984-1989

 

PSA Statement on Interrogation_Final2.pdf