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Senate Report on CIA Torture

Torture was Ineffective

The CIA agrees in its response to the torture report that it did not do enough to assess how effective techniques were, and the torture report’s review of CIA records shows time and time again that the use of torture was not effective in gaining useful information. Most useful information was acquired when non-CIA agencies questioned detainees with non-coercive techniques. For example, Hassan Ghul provided extensive information on Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda operatives when questioned without coercive techniques by the CIA and did not provide more information after he was subjected to torture and cruel treatment. Others, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, provided false information after interrogation. After the program had ended, CIA Director John Brennan admitted, “We have not concluded that it was the use of EITs within that program that allowed us to obtain useful information from detainees subjected to them,” saying that whether "enhanced interrogation" was effective is “unknowable.”

See also the interrogations of Abu Zubaydah, ‘Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, bin al-Shibh, and Abu Ja’far al-Iraqi.