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Republicans criticize torture report, defend CIA but not its methods
Republicans criticize torture report, defend CIA but not its methods

A Democratic-led panel's explosive report detailing abuses in post-Sept. 11 intelligence gathering met with an uneasy and uneven response Tuesday from Republicans, who alternately questioned its accuracy, warned of a potential international backlash or downplayed the findings as old news. The scattershot response from congressional Republicans may reflect a subtle shift by some in the GOP who initially had argued that even harsh interrogation techniques — which Democrats say amounted to torture — were justified in the name of national security. But the graphic nature of some of the report's revelations made a full-throated defense of the CIA's tactics...

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