Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA torture (2014)

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CIA Torture Report

Prosecution of the modern war on terrorism has necessitated the acquisition of a range of counterterrorist options.  A particularly controversial category of counterterrorist measures is the application of physical and psychological coercion on suspected terrorists and their supporters.  Assuming some degree of coercion is practically useful and morally justifiable, a fundamental question is whether extreme coercion is either practical or justifiable.  The Senate Select Committee’s report on interrogation and detention practices by the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that extreme coercion was ineffective in eliciting useful intelligence.  Students are encouraged to read the report within the context of the section in Chapter 14 entitled “The Torture Debate.”