2014-08-03T171727Z_1_LYNXMPEA720B8_RTROPTP_2_SYRIA-CRISIS-USA

U.S. senator: CIA interrogation tactics helped get bin Laden

Ranking member Senator Chambliss arrives for a closed Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing in WashingtonBy Sarah N. Lynch and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will soon release a report asserting the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques helped bring down Osama bin Laden and disrupt terrorist plots, the panel’s top Republican said on Sunday. “Information gleaned from these interrogations was in fact used to interrupt and disrupt terrorist plots, including some information that took down bin Laden,” Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Democrats who control the Senate Intelligence Committee are expected to issue their own report that alleges the CIA techniques, such as “waterboarding,” did not help yield valuable intelligence and were not necessary. It is unclear when the Democrats’ report will be released because Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the committee, has said she may challenge some redactions made by the Obama administration. President Barack Obama, who banned the practices after taking office in 2009, said on Friday the CIA had “tortured some folks” during former President George W. Bush’s administration.

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