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    A US capital district judge has ruled that the full version of the US Senate report on the use of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during its anti-terror campaign will stay off-limits to the public.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In a civil action suit brought forward by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), District of Columbia Judge James Boasberg ruled Wednesday in the intelligence agency's favor, dismissing the human rights group's claim.

    "To be sure, Plaintiff – and the public – may well ultimately gain access to the document it seeks. But it is not for the Court to expedite that process," Boasberg concluded.

    In December 2014, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a 6,000-page report on CIA torture practices from 2001 to 2006. A 500-page heavily redacted version was made public.

    The agency, aided by various countries particularly in Europe, abducted and transferred suspects to secret detention facilities where they were interrogated using various methods, the report states.

    The committee's executive summary of the United States' ongoing War on Terror included descriptions of controversial "enhanced interrogation techniques" including waterboarding, stress positions, mock executions, forced nudity and prolonged sleep deprivation.

    Although the Senate report has sparked wide international reproach, the US Justice Department has said that it would not launch investigations into CIA torture claims.

    In a similar decision, the judge ruled in late March to keep another secret CIA torture document known as the Panetta Review exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

    CIA Torture Report (96)


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