Shaheen Calls CIA Torture Report 'Disturbing,' Ayotte Concerned About Timing

Dec 10, 2014

Sen. Kelly Ayotte
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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has concerns about the timing of a report released Tuesday exposing the CIA’s harsh interrogation of suspected terrorist detainees following the Sept. 11 attacks.

The report from the Senate Intelligence Committee described the CIA’s techniques as “deeply flawed” and found the agency misled Congress and the White House about its methods.

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’s disturbed by the findings and said releasing the report was the right thing to do.

She called the conduct described as being directly at odds with American principles and values.

In a statement released yesterday, Ayotte says the use of torture is not acceptable, though adds she has concerns about the risks posed to American personnel around the world by the report’s public release.

Ayotte says she plans to review the report, adding that intelligence and law enforcement officials need to have the necessary tools, consistent with U.S. law, to gather information needed to keep Americans safe.