Melville House announced yesterday that it will publish The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture in paperback and ebook form on Dec. 31, 2o14.
Preorders of the book are available from the Melville House website. Paperbacks are $13.95, and epubs, PDFs, and Kindle books are $11.85. The report is available to read online from multiple news sources.
The report is actually the 500-page executive summary of the report, not the full document, which is roughly 6,700 pages and has not been declassified.
The executive summary of the report was officially declassified in April, but it was widely released yesterday.
Five years in the making, the report concludes that after Sept. 11, 2011, the CIA and two of its private contractors used interrogation techniques that were both illegal and ineffective.
In her introduction to the report, Sen. Dianne Feinstein says, “… existing U.S. law and treaty obligations should have prevented many of the mistakes and abuses made during this program. While the Office of Legal Counsel found otherwise between 2002 and 2007, it is my personal conclusion that, under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured. I also believe that the conditions of confinement and the use of authorized and unauthorized interrogation and conditioning techniques were cruel, inhuman, and degrading. I believe the evidence of this is overwhelming and incontrovertible.”
Melville House, which was founded in 2001 “with the express purpose of trying to speak out about what was going on under the administration of George Bush,” believes there will be demand for the print edition of the report.
“Our fear was that, with all the distractions of the holiday season, the report would fade quickly from the news cycle,” said Dennis Johnson, co-publisher of Melville House, in a news release.
“That may, in fact, have even been part of the point of releasing it now, and what seems to have discouraged other publishers from publishing it,” he continued. “But it’s probably the most important government document of our generation, even one of the most significant in the history of our democracy.”
What do you think? Will you pay to have a copy of the report, read it online, or just watch or read the news?