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    US President Obama said he hoped that the CIA secret interrogation report released Tuesday would help put the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques" in the past.

    WASHINGTON, December 9 (Sputnik) — US President Barack Obama has vowed to never use the methods of torture outlined in the CIA secret interrogation report published by US Senate Committee on Tuesday.

    "The [CIA] report documents a troubling program involving enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects in secret facilities outside the United States, and it reinforces my long-held view that these harsh methods were not only inconsistent with our values as nation," President Obama said.

    "That is why I will continue to use my authority as President to make sure we never resort to those methods again," Obama added.

    On Tuesday, the US Senate Intelligence Committee released a 525-page summary of a detailed investigation into the CIA interrogation techniques that had been used on alleged al-Qaeda agents in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

    The report has reignited a debate in Washington over what constitutes torture, and whether those working in the administration of former President George W. Bush had been defending the nation from further attacks, or had been trampling on international laws and human rights.

    Obama admitted in a statement that "harsh methods" used by CIA agents to interrogate suspected al-Qaeda terrorists "did not serve our broader counterterrorism efforts or our national security interests."

    The president lamented the impact that controversial US torture practices had on America's standing in the world, saying the fallout from the torture scandals "made it harder to pursue our interests with allies and partners".

    In conclusion, Obama said he hoped that Tuesday's report would help put the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques" in the past, and pledged to continue defending American people against terrorism.

    Security has been boosted at US facilities around the world this week ahead of the release of the Intelligence Committee's much-anticipated report, amid fears that new evidence of waterboarding and other forms of torture will incite revenge attacks against the United States.

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