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CIA misled Congress over interrogation programme: Report

Published on Apr 1, 2014 10:58 AM
 
US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who is also the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, arrives at the weekly Senate Democratic Policy Committee luncheon March 25, 2014, at the Capitol in Washington, DC. A damning Senate report concluded that the CIA misled Congress and the American public by downplaying the severity of its interrogations and overstating intelligence gleaned from the sessions, The Washington Post said on Monday, March 31, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A damning Senate report concluded that the CIA misled Congress and the American public by downplaying the severity of its interrogations and overstating intelligence gleaned from the sessions, The Washington Post said Monday.

Several officials familiar with the classified 6,300-page document, years in the making, said it detailed the brutality of an enhanced interrogation programme that yielded little actionable intelligence beyond what was already obtained from detainees before they were subjected to the objectionable techniques.

"The CIA described (its programme) repeatedly both to the Department of Justice and eventually to Congress as getting unique, otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives," a US official briefed on the document told the daily.

"Was that actually true? The answer is no." Officials also spoke of the abuses undertaken within the vast system of secret detention sites to which terror suspects were taken and interrogated.

 
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