WASHINGTON, DC – As promised, Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein presented to her colleagues and to the world a scathing report on the CIA’s torture of suspected terrorists.
"At no time did the CIA's coercive interrogation techniques lead to the collection of intelligence on an imminent threat that many believe was the justification for the use of these techniques,” Feinstein said.
The report suggests the CIA poorly managed the program, that it lost track of detainees, and that it misled government officials and the American public about the level of brutality of the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques.
"CIA detainees at one facility, described as a dungeon, were kept in complete darkness, constantly shackled in isolated cells with loud noise or music, and only a bucket to use for human waste,” Feinstein said.
The CIA responded quickly, calling the report “flawed” and insisting that its interrogation program was “effective.”
The CIA also says information obtained from detainees “substantially advanced the agency's strategic and tactical understanding of the enemy."
Senator John McCain, a former POW tortured by the North Vietnamese, was also critical of the spy agency.
"I have long believed some of these practices amounted to torture, as a reasonable person would define it.”
Meanwhile, marines around the world are bracing for possible retribution attacks on embassies and military bases by people who practice torture and terror on a regular basis.