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Senate votes to make CIA report public

The head of the CIA testifies in front of Congress.
The head of the CIA testifies in front of Congress.
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A long-awaited report ti concluded that the CIA's use of brutal interrogation did not produce valuable information was made public by the U.S. Senate.

According to the Washington Post April 3, the Senate Intelligence Committee, with the opposition of three Republicans on the panel, voted to make the report public. The move by the Intelligence Committee puts the highly-secretive CIA in a very awkward position to declassify documents that delivered a scathing verdict on the agency.

Sen. Dianne Feinstien (D-CA), the committee's chairman, said in a written statement that the reason behind releasing the report was to uncover the facts behind the secret program that the CIA used to gain valuable information. Feinstien said:

"The purpose of this review was to uncover the facts behind this secret program, and the results were shocking. The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation. It chronicles a stain on our history that must never again be allowed to happen."

According to the Post, it could be months before the documents of the verdict are released to the public.

The vote on April 3 ends a four-year Senate investigation of the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics that the CIA used to obtain information from terrorism suspects.

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