CIA director defends ‘women and men’ of CIA on use of torture

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- CIA director John Brennan has defended use of torture in his agency following release of a Senate report on torture program during the George W. Bush administration.

“The women and men of the CIA have operated around the globe, 24-hours-a-day, working with their U.S. colleagues as well as with foreign partners to prevent terrorist attacks,” Brennan said in a Tuesday statement following the release of the redacted summary of the report on the spy agency’s use of torture.

The CIA director noted that “certain detainees were subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques,” which he said were “lawful,” at the time and “duly authorized by the Bush Administration.”

However, he acknowledged that “the detention and interrogation program had shortcomings and that the Agency made mistakes.”

The Senate report concluded that the agency’s interrogation techniques were an “ineffective means of acquiring accurate intelligence or gaining detainee cooperation.”

In response, Brennan said the enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) “did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives.”

The landmark report falls into four main categories consisting of ineffective use of torture, misleading the US government about how the methods were conducted, flawed management, and extensive use of torture far more brutal than the Central Intelligence Agency had allowed anyone to know.

Before the release of the report, the US increased security measures at its embassies, military units and other interests around the world.





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