Reaction to Senate CIA torture report

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Posted: Dec 09, 2014 2:41 PM

Some reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee report released Tuesday on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the 9/11 terror attacks.

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"These techniques did significant damage to America's standing in the world and made it harder to pursue our interests with allies and partners." — President Barack Obama.

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"This nation should never again engage in these tactics ... The CIA program was far more brutal than people were led to believe." — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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"I don't believe that any other nation would go to the lengths the United States does to bare its soul, admit mistakes when they are made and learn from those mistakes." — James Clapper, director of national intelligence.

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"This question isn't about our enemies. It's about us. It's about who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be. It's about how we represent ourselves to the world." — Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who was tortured in a North Vietnamese prison during the Vietnam War.

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"This marks a coda to a chapter in our history ... It was right to end these practices for a simple but powerful reason: they were at odds with our values. They are not who we are, and they're not who or what we had to become, because the most powerful country on earth doesn't have to choose between protecting our security and promoting our values." — Secretary of State John Kerry.

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"The techniques in question are nowhere near what the enemies of this nation and radical Islam would do to people under their control. There is no comparison. The comparison is between who we are and what we want to be. In that regard, we made a mistake." — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

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"The report raises serious concerns about the CIA's management of this detention and interrogation program and the treatment of certain detainees. Torture is wrong and fundamentally contrary to American values." — Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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"It is impossible to read it without feeling immense outrage that our government engaged in these terrible crimes." — Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, who called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to "hold the architects and perpetrators of the torture program accountable for its design, implementation and cover-ups."