2014-08-02T010044Z_2_LYNXMPEA701VE_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA

Obama says that after 9/11, 'we tortured some folks'

US President Barack Obama makes a statement while at the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA “tortured some folks” after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into “enhanced interrogation techniques.” “We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values,” Obama told a White House news conference. Obama’s comment was a reaffirmation of his decision to ban the use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding shortly after he took office in January 2009. The administration of President George W. Bush, Obama’s predecessor, authorized the use of harsh questioning techniques of militant detainees in the wake of the 9/11 attacks after deciding they did not amount to torture.

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