>> The Federal Government, under President Donald Trump, taking steps that could keep a Senate report on the CIA's harsh tactics after 9/11 out of the public's reach indefinitely. Reuters learning the administration is returning its copies of the so called torture report to the custody of Congress. A move critics say could get around disclosure laws and deprive Americans of ever getting the full story on the CIA's actions during the Bush administration's war on terror.
Jonathan Landay has the story.>> The report goes into the CIA's enhanced interrogation program. This is the program in which the CIA had terror suspects abducted overseas and incarcerated in secret prisons where they were subjected to brutal interrogation techniques that most experts consider torture.>> An executive summary of the report was made public in 2014, concluding the CIA's detention and interrogation programs in the wake of 9/11, including waterboarding, were more brutal and less effective than the agency had admitted.
>> Methods such as when a detainee was put in a box, there was a threat to actually execute a detainee, according to report, a gun was put to his head. Waterboarding, which is simulated drowning, sleep deprivation, the use of noise to keep people up for days on end.
This kind of thing.>> The report concluding, not a single terrorist attack was averted by their use. Officials say, the copies of the report are being returned at the request of Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman, Richard Burr.>> The courts have ruled that this report is Congressional property and, therefore, Richard Burr has called in all the classified copies of the report to be placed in the committee's safe.
>> Even if all copies of the report are returned to the Senate, one copy will stay in a place ordinary Americans might eventually see it, in the archives of former President Barack Obama.>> Under the law, that copy of the report can be declassified in 12 years.