A Senate committee report describing the CIA's torture of detainees and accusing the agency of lying to the White House may be the most detailed excavation of government officials' misconduct in years. Still, the prospect of major reforms, legislation, firings or criminal prosecutions is slim.
The CIA used deception and more to rationalize interrogation techniques that some of its officials worried were illegal torture.
The Senate Intelligence Committee released a 499-page summary of a report that describes the brutal torture carried out by the U.S. government and its employees and agents. Such conduct is reprehensible, but it also is criminal. The only way to ensure that it does not happen again is to criminally prosecute those involved.
One of the chief points of the Senate's report on the CIA's torture of prisoners at its secret detention camps is that the expressed justifications for the often brutal interrogations shifted depending on circumstances. A prime example is the case of a Pakistani man named Janat Gul.
The CIA’s brutal interrogations of terrorism suspects between 2002 and 2008 led to false confessions and fabricated information, produced no useful intelligence
Graphic details of the CIA's brutal interrogation program came to light Tuesday when the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 499-page executive summary of its report on the agency's practices. We've gathered excerpts, reactions and fallout from the document's controversial release.