President Barack Obama has revealed that some of the tactics described in a Senate report on harsh CIA interrogations were “brutal”, “wrong” and “counterproductive”.
He said that the CIA techniques, which were employed in the wake of September 11, 2001 attacks on the US, “were not only inconsistent with our values as nation, they did not serve our broader counterterrorism efforts or our national security interests”.
“One of the things that sets us apart from other countries is that when we make mistakes, we admit them,” Obama told the Spanish-language television network Telemundo.
The US president said that releasing the information was an important step in the process of making sure that such a scenario isn’t ever repeated.
“I hope that today’s report can help us leave these techniques where they belong in the past…,” he said in a statement.
Obama said the report, which condemned the CIA for brutality and deception, makes clear that the interrogation programme under the administration of his predecessor, George W Bush was created too hastily and without enough thought about potential consequences.
The enhanced interrogation programme was dismantled by Obama in 2009.