Senate publish report on CIA torture and misinformation
December 10, 2014, 6:40:06 CET | Wikinews

Logo of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. (Image: US Government.)
A report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday concluded that the CIA misinformed the White House and Congress about its imprisonment and interrogation of suspected terrorists.

The committee released an executive summary today ahead of its full 6,000-page report. The summary documented instances where detainees were kept awake for as long as a week and suggested that the agency had waterboarded more suspects than it previously disclosed.

The report also revealed that officials in the Bush administration were often told about these practices long after the fact. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell were not told of the CIA's operations until a year after they had begun. President Bush was briefed in 2006, four years after the CIA commenced its "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" program.

The documents released today attempt to debunk the usefulness of the information gathered via "enhanced interrogation." Previously, the Bush administration had defended its use, claiming that intelligence garnered helped to stop terrorist plots and to capture Al-Qaeda leadership, including Osama bin Laden. The executive summary examines case studies from the CIA's internal records which the committee says disputes those defenses.

CIA Director John O. Brennan acknowledged many of the failures outlined by the committee, but also rebuked it for what he called an “incomplete and selective picture of what occurred.” Republican Senators have been critical of the report with Richard Burr calling it "a fiction", and Marco Rubio stating that it has only been published out of "partisan joy" on the part of the Senate Democrats who are "trying to embarrass people in the Bush administration".

Source: Wikinews
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