Panel to review CIA interrogation methods

Feb. 27, 2009 at 9:16 AM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee plans to review the CIA's controversial interrogation program used during the Bush administration, a senior aide said.

The committee plans to look into how the spy agency carried out the aggressive interrogation tactics and whether any information gleaned from the sessions was useful, CNN reported.

The review could take up to a year and likely would include an examination of the CIA's detention program and secret prisons, the aide said.

"The intention is not to find evil-doers or lawbreakers," the Senate Democratic aide told CNN, but "the information will go where it goes."

In January, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order calling for a review of controversial interrogation program employed during President George Bush's administration to determine whether any of the techniques used should be retained. The techniques included waterboarding, which simulates drowning and is considered torture by the new administration and others around the world.

CIA Director Leon Panetta has said he couldn't envision an instance in which he would seek permission to use a harsh interrogation technique on a detainee suspected of terrorism.

"If those committees are seeking information in these areas, we'll cooperate with them," Panetta said Wednesday. "I think that we have a responsibility to be transparent on these issues and to provide them that information."

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