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Critics, defenders clash over US 'torture report'

The lectern stands empty before a press conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, December 11, 2014Defenders and critics locked horns Sunday over last week’s release of a US report that aired harrowing new details of America’s torture of “war on terror” detainees, and opened fresh political wounds. The US Senate report released Tuesday said the CIA’s interrogation of Al-Qaeda suspects, including beatings, rectal rehydration, and sleep deprivation, was far more brutal than acknowledged — and did not produce useful intelligence. Former US vice president Dick Cheney on Sunday vehemently defended the program, lauding the CIA operatives who ran it as heroes. “I’m perfectly comfortable that they should be praised, they should be decorated,” the right-hand man to former president George W. Bush told NBC television’s “Meet the Press” program.

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