CIA Torture Report Finally Released by Senate, Revealing Extreme and Ineffective Methods
After four years of investigations, the Senate Intelligence Committee, charged with overseeing the CIA, released its “landmark report” on the agency’s use of torture Tuesday morning. The report shows that not only were the CIA’s methods more brutal than the George W. Bush administration made them out be, but they actually resulted in fabricated information that the agents in charge were unable to discern as false.
And although large parts of the report are now public domain, the pages released still represent only a small portion of the more than 6,000 page document.
After examining 20 case studies, the report found that torture “regularly resulted in fabricated information,” said committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, in a statement summarizing the findings.
“During the brutal interrogations the CIA was often unaware the information was fabricated.”…The committee’s findings, which the CIA largely rejects, are the result of a four-year, $40m investigation that plunged relations between the spy agency and the Senate committee charged with overseeing it to a historic low.
The investigation that led to the report, and the question of how much of the document would be released and when, has pitted chairwoman Feinstein and her committee allies against the CIA and its White House backers. For 10 months, with the blessing of President Barack Obama, the agency has fought to conceal vast amounts of the report from the public, with an entreaty to Feinstein from secretary of state John Kerry occurring as recently as Friday…Obama banned CIA torture upon taking office, but the continuing lack of legal consequences for agency torturers has led human rights campaigners to view the Senate report as their last hope for official recognition and accountability for torture.
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