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American public will finally get account of illegal CIA torture under Bush

American public will finally get account of illegal CIA torture under Bush

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Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee is sending the White House its six-year investigation of CIA interrogation practices, and the results look like bad news for the nation's intelligence agency. According to a McClatchy report, the committee has concluded that the agency illegally detained 26 people in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and subjected them to much more brutal interrogation tactics than were previously known. The agency also repeatedly stymied any attempts at oversight, whether from the White House, Congress or the Department of Justice. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said the techniques could be considered torture, and should not be used again by the United States.

Much of the contents of the report may soon become public knowledge. The committee agreed to declassify the report by a vote of 11-3, and portions of the 6,300-page document will be available for public review after the CIA and White House vet it for sensitive material. It's unclear how soon the published materials will be available, or how much will be withheld from the public. "The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation," Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told reporters. "It chronicles a stain on our history that must never again be allowed to happen."