CIA Report to US Congress Justifies Torture Programs

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CIA Report to US Congress Justifies Torture Programs

Washington, June 27 (Prensa Latina) The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) prepared a report to the US Congress in which it tries to justify its methods of torture against suspected terrorists. The claim of the agency is the most detailed defense to date on the most controversial programs in its history, which included the so-called waterboarding and other brutal measures for information, said the Washington Post.

It is expected that the director of the CIA, John Brennan, delivers the secret document Thursday to the president of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Democratic lawmaker, Dianne Feinstein, in a closed-door meeting.

Brennan now faces the possibility of incurring the wrath of Congress if they perceive a program he stands condemned by public opinion, or, conversely, can earn the rejection of his colleagues if strength protects the views of their subordinates.

Unnamed sources cited by the newspaper say the allegation presented by Brennan contains strong criticism of those who drafted the report of parliament criticizing the interrogation methods used by the spy agency and ensures that their results were poor and counterproductive.

The congressional report about six thousand pages was concluded last December and sent to the White House in order to determine the parts that are publishable.

The text of the spy agency criticizes the methodology used by the panel of the Capitol and collected millions encrypted internal cables and other documents about the torture program, but did not interview anyone.

However, Congress sources assured the Post that the panel requested the interviews, but were denied by officials of the CIA.

Feinstein said in December after hearing of the Senate report, that it reveals the terrible mistakes made with the creation of secret prisons and the use of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, which highlights the need to monitor intelligence operations.

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