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  • CIA director, on defensive, admits flaws in interrogation program

    CIA director, on defensive, admits flaws in interrogation program
    In an unprecedented news conference from CIA headquarters, agency Director John Brennan admitted that some officers had engaged in “abhorrent” conduct in their interrogations of terrorism suspects, but he insisted that the secret program had provided “useful intelligence.”
  • Focus on terrorist threats, not CIA interrogation methods

    To the editor: Since at least the Munich Summer Olympics in 1972, the world has fallen prey to new breeds of virulent, barbaric Islamist radicals who have done the following gruesome things: beheadings; suicide bombings; bombs in cars, buses, subways,...

    CIA struggled to keep rationalizing brutal interrogations, report shows

    When CIA interrogators waterboarded their first prisoner, Al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, on Aug. 4, 2002, they justified the simulated drowning as a vital tool to extract secrets about future attacks against the United States. But after 20 days of...

    Senate report says CIA torture methods yielded no useful intelligence

    The CIA's brutal interrogations of terrorism suspects from 2002 to 2008 led to false confessions and fabricated information, produced no useful intelligence about imminent terrorist attacks and were so badly run that the CIA lost track of captives,...

    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...