CIA lied to public and Congress about torture

Officials who have viewed the still problematically secret Senate report say CIA lied about brutal practices

By Natasha Lennard
April 1, 2014 8:55PM (UTC)
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The 6,000-plus page Senate report on the CIA's use of torture -- a document still problematically and controversially classified -- reportedly tells of the spy agency's lies to both Congress and the public about its use of brutal Bush-era interrogation methods at black sites around the world.

A Washington Post report, based on comments from officials with access to the still-classified document noted:


The report, built around detailed chronologies of dozens of CIA detainees, documents a long-standing pattern of unsubstantiated claims as agency officials sought permission to use — and later tried to defend — excruciating interrogation methods that yielded little, if any, significant intelligence, according to U.S. officials who have reviewed the document.

“The CIA described [its program] repeatedly both to the Department of Justice and eventually to Congress as getting unique, otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives,” said one U.S. official briefed on the report. “Was that actually true? The answer is no.”

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Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email

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