Obama: Harsh CIA methods should be left in past

AP News
Posted: Dec 09, 2014 11:46 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he hopes the release of a Senate report on harsh CIA interrogations helps leave the harsh torture techniques "where they belong — in the past."

Obama says in a written statement that the report reinforces his view that harsh interrogations techniques "were not only inconsistent with our values as nation, they did not serve our broader counterterrorism efforts or our national security interests."

The president's statement comes moments after a Senate committee released a long-anticipated report on CIA interrogations during the administration of his predecessor, President George W. Bush.

The report says the CIA deceived the nation with its insistence that the harsh interrogation tactics had saved lives. It says those claims are unsubstantiated by the CIA's own records.