The imminent release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s so-called torture report will at last reveal details about the CIA’s past use of enhanced interrogation techniques — which, according to George W. Bush, were performed by American “patriots.”
Speaking to CNN on the eve of the report’s long-anticipated release, the former two-term United States president defended the actions of the CIA agents whose conduct will soon be revealed to the world. Following three years of work and months of debate in Washington, the executive summary of the $40 million report is expected to be made pubic as early as this week.
Now ahead of the report’s release, George W. Bush is standing by the CIA.
“We’re fortunate to have men and women who work hard at the CIA serving on our behalf,” Bush told CNN’s Candy Crowley for an interview on the “State of the Union” television program that aired Sunday. “These are patriots and whatever the report says, if it diminishes their contributions to our country, it is way off base.”
Previously it’s been alleged that the report will show the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded a years-long investigation into the use of harsh interrogation techniques by the CIA under President Bush in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as having not helped American authorities gather intelligence as intended.