U.S. Expected to Release the CIA Torture Report

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A 480-page summary of the Senate report, which is expected to reveal the details of harsh Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogations, is supposed to be released today.

According to BBC, security has been stepped up at US facilities around the world ahead of the release of the report, which is expected to explain CIA’s campaign against al-Qaeda in the aftermath of 9/11.

Earlier the Human Rights Watch had urged the US Senate’s intelligence committee to release as planned its report summary on CIA’s detention and interrogation program.

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According to Human Rights Watch, the White House’s expressed support for the release has been undermined by statements from the State Department raising concerns over the timing of the release and possible foreign policy implications.

“Last minute attempts to delay the release of the Senate torture report show just how important this document is to understanding the CIA’s horrific torture program,” said Sarah Margon, Washington director at Human Rights Watch. “US foreign policy is better served by coming clean about US abuses rather than continuing to bury the truth.”

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The BBC report suggests that the CIA operation against al-Qaeda terrorists included interrogation using painful methods such as waterboarding, slapping, humiliation, exposure to cold, and sleep deprivation.

Meanwhile, the report says, embassies and other sites were taking precautions amid “some indications” of “greater risk” in response to the release of the CIA Torture report.

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