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    Rights groups called on US authorities to investigate Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torture practices and other violations of law, in a letter sent to the US Attorney General on Tuesday along with a petition signed by 111,788 people.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) In December 2014, the US Senate released a report outlining the use of torture by the CIA after September 11, 2001.

    In the letter, the Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International demanded the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the use of torture by the agency.

    "The [US President Barack] Obama administration’s continued failure to act in the face of this mountain of evidence risks sending the message that torture is a valid policy option rather than the crime that it is," executive director of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth said commenting on the letter.

    The practices used by the CIA against enemy combatants and detainees included waterboarding, mock executions and prolonged sleep deprivation, according to the US Senate report.

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    Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Amnesty International, American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, United States
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