The UN, various human rights groups, Great Britain and others reacted strongly and requested prosecutions for the US officials that were responsible for the torture program used by the CIA.
Among the human rights groups, the two that were really strict were Amnesty International and Human Right Watch. The groups request action after the US Senate report as the CIA misled the public and the White House with a practice that was proven to be a lot more brutal than initially reported and ineffective.
The Human Rights Watch executive director, Kenneth Roth, declared that the report:
“…should forever put to rest CIA denials that it engaged in torture. By choosing to move on, to forget about the past, not to prosecute the serious crime, Obama is keeping torture as a misguided, wrongful policy option for some future American president.
It’s not too late to change that. Obama still has two more years. So I hope he heeds the lesson from the Senate Intelligence Committee report, and recognizes that this was not just wrong, it was not just unhelpful, but it was illegal and should be prosecuted.”
The American Civil Liberties Union also reacted by publishing a blueprint for accountability, asking for a special prosecutor that would take charge of reforming the CIA, together with apologizing to victims. It was stated that the United States has “a responsibility under international law to provide compensation and rehabilitation services to those who suffered torture or other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment at its behest.”
London also reacted strongly to the findings of the US Senate report. Reactions dominated social media and news shows. On Twitter, hashtags like #torturereport and #CIA are trending on UK as people talk about the fallout of the report.
David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, declared:
“After 9/11 there were things that happened that were wrong – and we should be clear about the fact that they were wrong. I am confident this issue has been dealt with from a British perspective and I think I can reassure the British public about that. But overall we should be clear torture is wrong.”
Tony Blair’s Foreign Secretary while the time period that is covered by the report, Jack Straw, declared:
“The British government did not approve any of this: black prisons, interrogation techniques, like waterboarding etc. Nor was it ever our policy to be involved in the unlawful removal of suspects from one jurisdiction to another.”