According to the recently released US Senate report, the interrogation techniques used by the CIA to interrogate terrorists were much harsher than initially thought and they did not work since they offered no information that would prevent a future attack.
The current report was issued by the US Senate Intelligence Committee and is condemning the tactics used. Critics use the word “torture” to describe interrogation methods. It was mentioned that the George W. Bush administration used techniques in response to the fear that appeared after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.
Techniques were labeled as being “deeply flawed” and led to receiving fabricated information.
The study was delayed and ended up including 6 million documents offered by the CIA. It showed that the agency misled the Bush White House and the Congress when referring to the methods used and the results obtained after interrogating the al Qaeda suspects.
Democrats currently argue that tactics used by the CIA are conflicting with the American values and many of the former Bush administration claim that the tactics were vital in preventing a new attack. However, some of the techniques highlighted included almost drowning the suspects, waterboarding, sleep deprivation, mock execution threatening and even threatening that relatives will be abused sexually.
The main claim of the US Senate report is that the CIA’s controversial methods did not produce results that can save lives. John Brennan, CIA Director, disagreed:
“Our review indicates that interrogations of detainees did produce intelligence that helped thwart attack plans, capture terrorists, and save lives. The intelligence gained from the program was critical to our understanding of al Qaeda continues to inform our counterterrorism efforts to this day.”
While Brennan did admit that mistakes were done, he refuted the fact that top officials were misled.
Barack Obama released a statement saying that the report showed that the interrogation methods were “not only inconsistent with our values as a nation, they did not serve our broader conterterrorism efforts or our national security interests.” He added:
“I think overall, the men and women at the CIA do a really tough job and they do it really well. But in th eaftermath of 9/11, in the midst of a national trauma, and uncertainty as to whether these attacks were gonna repeat themselves, what’s clear is that the CIA set up something very fast without a lot of forethought to what the ramifications might be.”
The current report also highlights that George W. Bush was not briefed by CIA officers about the interrogations that took place until the month of April 2006. That was when the former president expressed discomfort after being shown an image of a person that was “chained to the ceiling, clothed in a diaper, and forced to go to the bathroom on himself.”