CIA tortured terror suspects, lied about it, achieved little
A study by the Senate Intelligence Committee into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program found the agency had treated suspects inhumanely when interrogating al-Qaeda suspects in the years following 9/11.
The 6,000-page report remains classified but a 528-page summary revealed detainees were subjected to water boarding, slapping, sleep deprivation, ice baths, stress positions and threatened with severe physical and psychological harm.
The report accuses the CIA of acting beyond the “enhanced techniques” authorised by the Justice Department and repeatedly lying doing so.
American media outlets are today speaking of the country’s “shame” over the report.
President Obama said the CIA’s actions were “contrary to our values”. He added: “I will continue to use my authority as President to make sure we never resort to those methods again.”
Mr Obama shut down Guantanamo Bay when he took office.
Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, who introduced the report, described the CIA's actions as a "stain on US history".
She said: “"Under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured.”
Damningly, the report also concluded the torture usually did not achieve its purpose. The report said the methods “regularly resulted in fabricated information.”
£80 fine may be introduced for spitting in London
A proposal by the Transport and Environment Committee wants spitting on London’s streets to be punishable with an £80 fine.
It would be up to individual councils to enforce the fine which, if paid within 14 days, would be lowered to £50.
Many councils already have fines in place for spitting, including Waltham Forest and Newham.
It is thought the proposals would grant leeway to those spitting with a “reasonable excuse”, or into a tissue, handkerchief, bin or other repository.
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