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article imageSenate panel says harsh interrogation didn't help find bin Laden

By Mike White     Mar 31, 2014 in Politics
A Senate report concluded that harsh interrogation methods such as waterboarding provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Conservatives and liberals have argued about whether such methods are torture.
Fox News reported outside experts and congressional aides say a report found such methods did not play a key role in finding the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States. The CIA disagrees with that conclusion.
The aides and others who made the comments would not give their names to the news media, because they are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
ABC reported the Senate committee may soon give the public a chance to form its own opinion on the matter, because it will vote on declassifying the report on Thursday.
Former Bush administration figures, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, and top CIA officials have claimed evidence obtained from such techniques as waterboarding and sleep deprivation helped lead to Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the attacks.
Some Republican and Democratic senators have disputed that, saying such techniques were ineffective and cruel. There has also been a public controversy as to whether such techniques are torture or not.
The intelligence committee's report reportedly backs up the claims of the Democrats and Republicans who did not agree with the interrogation techniques. Reportedly the claims in the report were made after the examination of several high-level terror detainees and information obtained on the terrorist.
The most high-profile prisoner in the investigation was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused 9/11 mastermind. Reportedly he was waterboarded 183 times. Mohammed, reportedly confirmed after his 2003 capture that he knew Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, an important al-Qaida courier.
According to CBS News, CIA deputy director Jose Rodriguez has claimed Mohammed and other captive provided the "lead" information on bin Laden.
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