The CIA's program to detain and interrogate terrorism suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks was more brutal and less effective than the agency acknowledged to the Bush administration or the public, the Senate Intelligence Committee report says.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., the top Republican on the intelligence committee, say in a joint statement:
"“As we have both stated before, we are opposed to this study and believe it will present serious consequences for U.S. national security. Regardless of what one’s opinions may be on these issues, the study by Senate Democrats is an ideologically motivated and distorted recounting of historical events. The fact that the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation program developed significant intelligence that helped us identify and capture important al Qaeda terrorists, disrupt their ongoing plotting, and take down Osama bin Laden is incontrovertible. Claims included in this report that assert the contrary are simply wrong.”
Top U.N. human rights envoy Ben Emmerson says, "As a matter of international law, the U.S. is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice."
An editorial in China's state-run Xinhua news service says: “America is neither a suitable role model nor a qualified judge on human rights issues in other countries. Yet, despite this, people rarely hear the U.S. talking about its own problems, preferring to be vocal on the issues it sees in other countries, including China.”
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