“Former President George W. Bush should have been investigated long ago for his role in authorizing this program, including his assertion since leaving office that he personally granted the CIA’s request to use waterboarding and other ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ against particular detainees,” Hawkins said in the statement.
The Amnesty International's executive stressed that no person, "however high the office they may have held, is above the rule of law.”
US foreign missions and military bases around the world have seen increased security ahead of the report's release amid fears that evidence of the CIA using torture may incite revenge attacks against the United States.
“Today’s release once again makes crystal clear that the US government used torture. Torture is a crime and those responsible for crimes must be brought to justice,” Hawkins said.
The report has reignited a debate in Washington over what constitutes torture, and whether those working in the administration of former President George W. Bush were defending the United States from terrorism or violating international law.