04.03.14

Senator Burr Releases Statement Following Intelligence Committee Hearing

Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement following the Intelligence Committee hearing:

"In December 2012, I joined several of my colleagues in voting against this report. At that time, I was deeply concerned about the factual inaccuracies contained within the report, including inaccurate information relating to the details of the interrogation program and other information provided by detainees. I had hoped that the authors of the report would ensure that the American public was provided facts, not fiction. I am extremely disappointed in the flawed and biased results of their work."

"However, I voted today to declassify the report to give the American people the opportunity to make their own judgments. I am confident that they will agree that a 6,300 page report based on a cold document review, without a single interview of Intelligence Community, Executive Branch, or contract personnel involved, cannot be an accurate representation of any program, let alone this one."

"Based on what I have learned as a member of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, I firmly believe that the CIA's detention program saved lives and played a vital role in ensuring that our nation had the intelligence it needed to successfully combat al-Qa'ida in the days following 9/11 and in the years since that fateful day."

"I believe in our Intelligence Community professionals. I believe that they endeavor to make decisions in accordance with the law and in the best interests of our Nation. I believe that this Committee conducts vigorous oversight of Intelligence Community activities and programs, and will continue to do so. And I believe that there are many honorable people who have dedicated their lives to protect our country and we need to allow them to get back to work."