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CIA torture report shows shifting rationales for brutal interrogations
CIA torture report shows shifting rationales for brutal interrogations

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. Gul was captured in June 2004, based in part on statements by a CIA informant identified in the report as Asset Y. The informant identified Gul as a facilitator for Al Qaeda who had knowledge of plans to conduct attacks in the U.S. in the weeks leading up to the 2004 elections. Some CIA officers had doubts about Asset Y’s reliability, calling his statement “worthless” in an email...

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