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CIA misled public on interrogation techniques, Senate report says (Report)

By Daniel S Levine,

The CIA misled the general public and the government on its brutal interrogation program for years, a report from the Senate Intelligence Committee found, according to the Washington Post.

U.S. officials who saw the document told the Post that the CIA had repeatedly said that the interrogation techniques did provide helpful information, but that was not true. Based on chronologies of detainees held by the CIA, the brutal interrogation resulted in hardly any useful information.

The 6,300-page document is still classified and goes into detail of what happened at “black sites,” or detention facilities, which President Barack Obama ended in 2009.

Reuters notes that the document allegedly found that the most important tips, including the one that lead to the discovery of Osama Bin Laden, were not obtained by the “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Some in the agency have said that the report has several errors and incorrect conclusions, the Post reported. Some CIA veterans even suggested that the report shows a bias towards the FBI. It could resurrect the rivalry between the two agencies.

According to VOANews, the report came after a four-year investigation into the interrogation program. It provides the most detailed look at the program, which began after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Last month, Sen. Dianne Feinstein blasted the CIA for allegedly spying on Senate computers. She chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee.

 
 

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