CIA ‘torture’: U.S. Senate due to publish report

Inside Guantanamo Bay detention centre, 2 October 2007

Details of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” techniques, considered by many to be torture, are set to be revealed in a long-awaited report

(SOURCE)  The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report is expected to find that such interrogations failed to yield life-saving information.

The techniques were used on al-Qaeda terrorism suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks on the US.

Security was increased at US facilities around the world ahead of publication.

Embassies and other sites were taking precautions amid “some indications” of “greater risk”, a White House spokesman said.

The Senate committee’s report runs to more than 6,000 pages, drawing on huge quantities of evidence, but it remains classified and only a 480-page summary will be released.

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Analysis: Jon Sopel, BBC North America editor

What more can we learn about the CIA’s interrogation programme from this heavily redacted report? Based on leaks, Tuesday’s release seems to answer three major questions

  • Were the interrogation methods – torture if you like – more extensive and more brutal than previously admitted? It looks like the conclusion is “Yes”
  • Did these interrogation techniques deliver life-saving intelligence to the US? That answer appears to be “No”
  • Were CIA officials at the time honest with the White House on what the programme was getting up to? Again, “No”

We can also expect the beginning of a counterblast of speeches, editorials and comments from those in charge of the CIA at the time attacking the Congressional report.

But White House officials – while supportive of the release in principle – nervously dispatched Secretary of State John Kerry to encourage the committee to think twice about releasing this report into a volatile world. That didn’t work.

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