The director of the CIA, John Brennan, came out in defense of the actions of the agency before the report on torture terror suspects made the past decade. He said that the controversial interrogation techniques applied to suspected terrorists were “legal” at the time.
“The events of 9/11 will always be engraved in the minds of Americans. Our collective national sense of secure homeland was shattered, like steel, like concrete, flesh, bones, life during those fateful 77 minutes”, he began.
Brennan said that the CIA was just looking for answers. However, he admitted that in some cases unacceptable methods were used in the interrogation of prisoners.
The CIA director spoke from the headquarters of the Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia, to respond to the report of the Senate Intelligence Committee released this week.
“The CIA was not prepared to detain and interrogate suspected members of al-Qaeda after the attacks of September 11″, accepted.
The CIA chief said some officers went beyond the “political guidelines” and did abominable things, but would not use the word “torture”.
He added that they had “little experience hosting prisoners and very few of our officers were trained to interrogation”.
“The detainees who were subjected to harsh interrogation techniques he gave information that was useful in the operation to arrest Osama bin Laden,” he said.
Shortly after the Intelligence Committee US Senate disclose a critical report on interrogation practices of the CIA, the agency argued that, although made “mistakes” in its implementation of the program, this produced useful information, including in the effort to find Osama bin Laden.
When Brennan was asked about the program drone Obama administration said the use of drones in the fight against terrorism “has done a tremendous job to keep this country safe.”
According to the document, the CIA acted in a “more brutal” long way than indicated legislators and Americans, and also his methods were not effective.
Brennan expressed “disagreement with the characterization in the report of how the CIA informed about the program to Congress, various agencies of the executive branch, and citizens”.
He said the facts “do not support the report’s conclusion that the agency systematically and intentionally deceived each of these hearings on the program’s effectiveness.”
The report, the result of an investigation of more than five years, says the CIA conducted practices “brutal” and less effective than they had admitted in the years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 interrogation.
As the director of the CIA read his statement and answered questions from reporters, the head of the Intelligence Committee and California Senator Dianne Feinstein, responsible for submitting the report of the Senate, he used his Twitter to refute the arguments of Brennan, using the #Read the report (#LeaElReport) label.
Feinstein invited his followers on Twitter to read the full report and rejected the claim that Brennan would never know if the information was obtained with methods of torture could have been obtained otherwise.
“The study says that IF you could find: CIA had information before the torture,” said the senator who made a strong condemnation of the agency when he presented the report.
The senator also rejected the argument that the committee did not consult the agency in preparing the report and stressed that “100+ interviews, reports, oral and written testimonies were made. Replies CIA and meetings with the CIA contributed to the study. “