After a long and drawn-out process involving multiple branches of the U.S. government, the summary of an exhaustive report detailing George W. Bush–era CIA detention and interrogation policies was released Tuesday. The report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence examines the CIA’s use of torture to question suspected enemies after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and looks at the efficacy of such intelligence-gathering methods.
The report, which cost the federal government more than $40 million to produce, casts doubt on intelligence gains gleaned from an interrogation program that accepted the use of torture. The executive summary highlights brutal methods used by the CIA during interrogations and details the agency’s alleged lack of accountability and its efforts to evade oversight.
Some of the report’s findings are highlighted below.