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Senate Intelligence panel votes to make CIA torture report public

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The Senate Intelligence Committee voted to make public a summary of their critical report on the CIA's interrogation tactics used on terror suspects following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The panel voted 11-3 to send the report's 450-page summary and 20 conclusions and findings to the White House for declassification.

The White House must now decide when — and what — to declassify.

“It's going to be very interesting to see what comes back,” Panel Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said after the vote. “I hope the declassification and redaction is minimal because we worked very hard to do something that we think is very important. I think it should be read.”

The full report -- more than 6,000 pages long -- will remain classified. It will be up to President Obama to decide when he will release the summary for public viewing. Obama has said he favors declassifying the information and is expected to act quickly.

The report, lawmakers said, casts an unfavorable light on the agency's interrogation tactics, which included the now-banned practice of waterboarding.

“I think people will be shocked at what’s inside,” Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. said. “I hope they work quickly because I think people deserve to know.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., praised the decision of the intelligence panel and said it was needed to provide the public with “a definitive historical account of one of the more regrettable episodes of our past.”

The Senate intelligence panel recently accused the CIA of tapping into the committee’s computers used to draft the report. The CIA does not agree with many of the report’s conclusions.

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