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Dianne Feinstein

Torture, false information and the Iraq war

Torture, false information and the Iraq war

The Senate will soon consider an amendment by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) that would prevent torture from being used during interrogation by any U.S. personnel. This amendment stems in part from the release in December of the Senate's report on CIA torture, which stirred an intense debate about the efficacy of this method — particularly whether information sought from suspected terrorists could be gleaned using other sources or techniques. Less attention has been paid to the risks posed by fabricated information obtained via torture. The Senate's report detailed two cases in which suspects tortured by the CIA sent agents down false...