UK plot ‘used to justify torture’

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Published: Tuesday 9th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The CIA falsely represented a thwarted UK terror plot as evidence for the effectiveness of its harsh interrogation techniques, a US intelligence watchdog has said.

In a long-awaited report, the Senate Intelligence Committee said the capture of al Qaida’s UK operational manager Dhiren Barot is one of the CIA’s eight most f requently cited examples of how using interrogation methods – including waterboarding – can “save lives”.

However, a review of CIA operational cables and other documents found that the Agency’s interrogation techniques did not lead to the intelligence that it claimed led to the arrest of Barot or the thwarting of his plotting.

Instead, the report said, the disruption of the plot and the identification and arrest of Barot was ” attributable to the efforts of UK law enforcement”.

Barot was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court in 2006 to life, with a minimum term of 30 years, for planning to plant radioactive, chemical or toxic gas bombs and pack limousines with nails and explosives in the UK and America.

In a damning indictment of CIA interrogation practices after the 9/11 attacks, the report said CIA personnel, aided by two outside contractors, “decided to initiate a programme of indefinite secret detention and the use of brutal interrogation techniques in violation of US law, treaty obligations, and our values”.

Published: Tuesday 9th December 2014 by The News Editor

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