Release of the report would not only allow Americans to see what their government did in their name; it would also trigger a public reckoning, which would, I’m confident, ensure that torture-as-official-policy remains an aberration. On the other hand, if the truth is suppressed, another terrorist attack or a new president could send us scurrying back to the dark side.
It may have been tempting to think that Obama’s executive order closed the book on torture. But we can’t close the book until we open it.
Elisa Massimino is president and CEO of Human Rights First.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.