Rep. Henry Waxman
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 22, 2005
9:26 AM

CONTACT: Rep. Henry Waxman

 
Legislation Would Establish Independent Commission to Investigate Detainee Abuses
 
Yesterday Rep. Waxman, joined by Leader Pelosi and 170 other members of Congress, introduced legislation to establish an Independent Commission to investigate abuses of detainees in connection with Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, or any operation within the Global War on Terrorism. The Commission would examine:

the extent of the abuses and why they occurred;

who is responsible for the abuses;

whether any particular executive branch policies, procedures, or mechanisms facilitated the abuses;

what policies, procedures, or mechanisms failed to prevent the abuses;

what legislative or executive actions should be taken to prevent such abuses from occurring in the future; and

the extent, if any, to which Guantanamo Bay Detention Center policies influenced policies at the Abu Ghraib prison and other detention centers in and outside Iraq.

The Commission would be modeled after the 9/11 Commission. It would have ten bipartisan members. Following the model of the 9/11 Commission, half of the members would be appointed by the President and the majority leaders in the House and Senate and half by the minority leaders in the House and Senate.

The Commission would have authority to call hearings, obtain documents and testimony, issue subpoenas, and examine the actions of current and past Administrations. It would have access to classified information and would be able to hire staff with appropriate security clearances.

The Commission would submit a report to Congress and the President not later than 18 months after the bill's enactment that would findings, conclusions, and recommendations for corrective measures. The Commission may recommend that the House and Senate Intelligence Committees vote to declassify information the Commission determines is in the public interest to be made available to the public.

Co-sponsors
Rep. Henry A. Waxman
(statement)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi
(statement)
Rep. Ike Skelton
Rep. Steny H. Hoyer
Rep. Robert Menendez
Rep. James E. Clyburn
Rep. John M. Spratt, Jr.
Rep. Jane Harman
Rep. Tom Lantos
Rep. John P. Murtha
Rep. John Conyers, Jr.
Rep. John D. Dingell
Rep. David R. Obey
Rep. Charles B. Rangel
Rep. Louise M. Slaughter
Rep. Neil Abercrombie
Rep. Gary L. Ackerman
Rep. Thomas H. Allen
Rep. Robert E. Andrews
Rep. Joe Baca
Rep. Tammy Baldwin
Rep. Xavier Becerra
Rep. Shelley Berkley
Rep. Howard L. Berman
Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
Rep. Timothy H. Bishop
Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Rep. Rick Boucher
Rep. Robert A. Brady
Rep. Corrine Brown
Rep. Sherrod Brown
Rep. G. K. Butterfield
Rep. Lois Capps
Rep. Michael E. Capuano
Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin
Rep. Dennis A. Cardoza
Rep. Russ Carnahan
Rep. Julia Carson
Rep. Ed Case
Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver
Rep. Jim Cooper
Rep. Jerry F. Costello
Rep. Joseph Crowley
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings
Rep. Artur Davis
Rep. Danny K. Davis
Rep. Jim Davis
Rep. Susan A. Davis
Rep. Peter A. DeFazio
Rep. Diana DeGette
Rep. William D. Delahunt
Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro
Rep. Norman D. Dicks
Rep. Lloyd Doggett
Rep. Michael F. Doyle
Rep. Rahm Emanuel
Rep. Eliot L. Engel
Rep. Anna G. Eshoo
Rep. Lane Evans
Rep. Sam Farr
Rep. Chaka Fattah
Rep. Bob Filner
Rep. Barney Frank
Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez
Rep. Bart Gordon
Rep. Al Green
Rep. Gene Green
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings
Rep. Brian Higgins
Rep. Maurice D. Hinchey
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa
Rep. Tim Holden
Rep. Rush D. Holt
Rep. Michael M. Honda
Rep. Darlene Hooley
Rep. Jay Inslee
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Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski
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Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy
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Rep. Carolyn C. Kilpatrick
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Rep. Betty McCollum
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Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney
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Rep. Kendrick B. Meek
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Rep. Michael H. Michaud
Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald
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Rep. Jerry Moran
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Rep. Grace F. Napolitano
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Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
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