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Afghan president says shocked by CIA's use of torture against prisoners

Iran Press TV

Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:44PM GMT

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says that the CIA's use of torture against prisoners "violated all accepted norms of human rights in the world".

On Tuesday, the US Senate Intelligence Committee released a damning report on the CIA's torture program during the George W. Bush administration.

Ghani called the report 'shocking' and demanded to know how many people from Afghanistan were among those subjected to torture at a CIA black site in his country.

'The Afghan government condemns these inhumane actions in the strongest terms,' Ghani told a news conference at his presidential palace in Kabul on Wednesday.

'There can be no justification for these kinds of actions and inhumane torture in today's world,' he added.

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also condemned the CIA's use of torture as documented in the Senate report.

'Such a gross violation of our liberal, democratic values must not happen again,' Steinmeier said.

In addition, China denounced the report. 'We believe the US side should reflect upon itself, correct its ways and earnestly respect and abide by the rules of international conventions,' said Hong Lei, the spokesman of China's Foreign Ministry.

The 6,200-page report is the result of a 5-year Senate investigation into the 6.3 million documents reviewing the failures of the agency that ran "the enhanced interrogation" program during the Bush administration. The 500-page summary of the report was made public on Tuesday.

The landmark report falls into four main categories consisting of ineffective use of torture, misleading the US government about how the methods were conducted, flawed management, and extensive use of torture far more brutal than the CIA had allowed anyone to know.

The CIA's torture program involved capturing terrorism suspects and shipping them to secret overseas prisons known as black sites, where they were subjected to harsh interrogation torture techniques such as water-boarding.

The Senate report concluded that the agency's interrogation techniques were an "ineffective means of acquiring accurate intelligence or gaining detainee cooperation."


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