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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 12:00 PM

Exclusive: Senate probe finds little evidence of effective "torture"

(Reuters) - A nearly three-year-long investigation by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats is expected to find there is little evidence the harsh "enhanced interrogation techniques" the CIA used on high-value prisoners produced counter-terrorism breakthroughs.

People familiar with the inquiry said committee investigators, who have been poring over records from the administration of President George W. Bush, believe they do not substantiate claims by some Bush supporters that the harsh interrogations led to counter-terrorism coups.

The backers of such techniques, which include "water-boarding," sleep deprivation and other practices critics call torture, maintain they have led to the disruption of major terror plots and the capture of al Qaeda leaders.

One official said investigators found "no evidence" such enhanced interrogations played "any significant role" in the years-long intelligence operations which led to the discovery and killing of Osama bin Laden last May by U.S. Navy SEALs.

President Barack Obama and his aides have largely sought to avoid revisiting Bush administration controversies. But the debate over the effectiveness of enhanced interrogations, which human rights advocates condemn as torture, is resurfacing, in part thanks to a new book by a former top CIA official.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/27/us-usa-congress-torture-idUSBRE83Q07J20120427


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hootinholler Apr 2012 #1
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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 01:11 PM

1. Crickets n/t

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 01:14 PM

2. They are assuming that the purpose of torture is to extract accurate information..

A flawed assumption, IMO..

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 01:25 PM

3. Exactly, if someone is torturing you....

you will say anything to get them to stop....

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 01:27 PM

4. Also used to please the bloodthirsty Rebublican base

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