Jan 5, 2015 5:38 PM by News Staff
WASHINGTON (AP) - The outgoing chairman of the Senate intelligence committee is urging a legal ban on torture and other policy and legislative changes to ensure that the U.S. government never again mistreats detainees. The proposals come amid polls showing that a majority of Americans believe harsh CIA interrogations after the 9/11 attacks were justified.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California presided over a five-year investigation that resulted in last month's partial release of a report that harshly criticized the CIA. The 525-page executive summary cited the CIA's own documents in finding that the agency's interrogation program was more brutal than previously understood but failed to produce crucial intelligence.
President Barrack Obama has acknowledged that the U.S. engaged in torture. Former CIA officials dispute that.
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