1. ABUSES

    Probe: Little ‘Torture’ Effective

    A "non-compliant" detainee is escorted by guards inside the U.S. military prison for "enemy combatants" on Oct. 27, 2009 in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images)

    A probe looking at the effectiveness of harsh interrogation techniques in the United States military is expected to conclude that the methods didn’t produce breakthroughs. One official familiar with the investigation says they found no evidence that the tactics aided long-term antiterrorism operations. Democrats from the Senate Intelligence Committee have spent three years examining records charting daily operations of investigations to disprove claims by Bush supporters that waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and other tactics led to counterterrorism coups. The CIA had began starting to pull back from these techniques before Obama banned them upon taking office.

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