US Senate committee condemns CIA for “brutal” interrogation techniques

US Senate committee condemns CIA for “brutal” interrogation techniques

A US Senate intelligence committee says the CIA has misled the White House, about the brutality and effectiveness of its interrogation techniques on terror suspects, in the wake of September 11.

Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein has released a report overnight, which shows at least 119 Al Qaeda suspects were subjected to brutal interrogation methods, amounting to torture in some cases.

The 600-page report details the use of waterboarding, sexual threats, sleep deprivation, and the use of a blacked out “dungeon” where detainees were kept in total darkness.

“The interrogations of CIA detainees were brutal and far worse than the CIA represented to policymakers and others,” it said.

Senator Feinstein says the CIA has also misled politicians,  about how effective these techniques were in gaining useful intelligence.

The reports concludes the techniques were ineffective and never produced information which led to the disruption of imminent terrorist plots.

But current Director of the CIA, John Brennan, insists the techniques were effective.

President Barack Obama has condemned the torture as counterproductive, and contrary to American values.

But a number of Republicans have condemned the release of the reports, saying it particularly targets the Bush White House era.


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