Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), along with some other senators, is looking to a provision in the original resolution that established the Senate Intelligence Committee in 1976, that might allow the committee to release its report on CIA torture under its own authority, if the White House doesn’t move faster to get it out publicly. Apparently, he has been contemplating such a move since last October. Wyden told Roll Call Friday, that he was discussing with other senators invoking the resolution “in order to move this along if we have to, through the committee process, to get it declassified.” The report remains stalled at the White House, and a White House official refused, in response to a Roll Call query, to give a time table as to when it might be released.
The relevant language of Section 8 of the the 1976 resolution is as follows:
“The select committee may, subject to the provisions of this section, disclose publicly any information in the possession of such committee after a determination by such committee that the public interest would be served by such disclosure. Whenever committee action is required to disclose any information under this section, the committee shall meet to vote on the matter within five days after any member of the committee requests such a vote. No member of the select committee shall disclose any information, the disclosure of which requires a committee vote, prior to a vote by the committee on the question of the disclosure of such information or after such vote except in accordance with this section.”