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PA Congressman: Torture Report Release "Almost Treasonous"

Republican Rep. Scott Perry said the Obama administration seems to care more about the rights of terrorists than those of United States citizens.

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Republican Rep. Scott Perry says the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's interrogation and detention techniques nearly qualifies as treason.

Speaking with WPHT radio Friday, the Pennsylvania Republican added the Obama administration seems to care more about the rights of terrorists than those of United States citizens.

"This is completely regrettable — I think it, for me, as a military guy, it's almost treasonous, and it borders on treasonous," said Perry. "And it vexes me that this president, this administration, and some of his cohort are happier to be concerned about the rights of savages that will kill every American they can get their hands on, while there seem to be disconcerned about our rights, and the transparency."

The congressman then compared the transparency of the torture report to what he said was a lack of transparency in the Ferguson, MO grand jury that declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

"You know, even from the standpoint of this grand jury investigation in Ferguson, where the one guy that claimed there was a hands-up thing — see, his grand jury testimony, that has to remain secret, but yet this, which has national security implications, and puts lives and national security at risk — that has to be open for the whole world to see."

The Senate Intelligence Committee's 525-page report released Tuesday details cases of detainees being waterboarded to near-death, days worth of sleep deprivation, a detainee chained to the ceiling while clothed in a diaper to go to the bathroom, rectal feeding and rectal rehydration, and a detainee spending more 10 days in a coffin-shaped box, among other details.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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