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State Dept: 'No American Is Proud' of CIA Interrogations Post-9/11

By    |   Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 12:50 PM

A set of leaked talking points from the State Department revealed that the now-defunct CIA's interrogation and detention program "tells a story of which no American is proud," The Hill reported.

On Wednesday, the White House unintentionally emailed The Associated Press a copy of the proposed "top-line messages" the department has prepared in anticipation of the declassification of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the matter.

The report, expected to be released in the next few weeks, reviews the controversial techniques employed by the agency under former President George W. Bush following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The anticipated Senate report was put together by Democrats and without the participation of Republican lawmakers.

The proposed State Department talking points memo suggest spinning the report as a triumph for the democratic process.

"America's democratic system worked just as it was designed to work in bringing an end to actions inconsistent with our democratic values," the memo said, according to The Hill.

The leaked memo says the report "leaves no doubt that the methods used to extract information from some terrorist suspects caused profound pain, suffering, and humiliation. It also leaves no doubt that the harm caused by the use of these techniques outweighed any potential benefit."

The report allegedly indicates that some techniques are classified as torture, and included slapping, humiliation, exposure to cold, sleep deprivation, and the near-drowning technique known as waterboarding, The Hill reported.

The leaked State Department document also revealed that then-Secretary of State Colin Powell was not initially aware of the program, nor were some of the ambassadors across the globe.

In addition, numerous ambassadors stationed in countries where detention facilities did exist were told about the program but were instructed not to tell their superiors, The Hill reported.

Republicans and the CIA have both previously taken issue with a number of similar conclusions that have been reported in the past.

The State Department's document also sets out a number of questions and answers it anticipates receiving from the media and other stakeholders, and focuses on answers specifically related to the State Department's role in the program.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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A set of leaked talking points from the State Department revealed that the now-defunct CIA's interrogation and detention program "tells a story of which no American is proud," The Hill reported.
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