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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Congress On Detention Program

According to The Washington Post, the classified report claims the CIA misled members of Congress about the severity of its interrogation methods.
Posted at 8:16 AM, Apr 01, 2014

The CIA's so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” made famous during the Bush administration are under fire in a new report. (Via Library of Congress

The Washington Post first broke the story, citing unnamed officials who viewed the Senate Intelligence Committee's findings. 

 

Those officials told the Post the classified report finds the CIA purposefully and routinely misled members of Congress about the severity of its interrogation methods and overstated whether they actually yielded any results. (Via National Geographic

One U.S. official told the Post: "The CIA described [its program] … as getting unique, otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives …. Was that actually true? The answer is no."

The report found most of the information that led to Osama bin Laden's capture was obtained without the use of enhanced interrogation, despite CIA statements to the contrary. (Via Al Jazeera ) 

This is only the latest public rift between the CIA and Congress.

Last month, Senate Intel Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein accused the agency of improperly searching her committee’s computers — suggesting the CIA had broken the law in doing so. (Via C-SPAN

According to Politico, Feinstien's committee is expected by Thursday to ask President Obama to declassify this latest report. No official response yet from the CIA.