Demonstrators, dressed as detainees, march in Washington. (Credit: AP/Evan Vucci)

Demonstrators, dressed as detainees, march in Washington. (Credit: AP/Evan Vucci)
Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:16PM GMT
Alex Kane, AlterNet
The controversy over a Senate investigation documenting the Central Intelligence Agency’s post-9/11 regime of global torture continues to generate headlines—even though the report has yet to be released.

The Senate report has sparked a bitter war between the CIA and senators like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who accused the CIA of spying on those looking at CIA documents on torture.

But while the official inquiry has not been published, dogged journalists have published key—and disturbing—details of what is contained in it.

Based on CIA documents, senators on the powerful committee conducted a four-year long, $40 million inquiry into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, which included torture tactics like the waterboarding of terrorism suspects, beatings and the smashing of suspects’ heads into walls. While the public may be aware of some of these practices due to past revelations, the information carries heavy weight because it is the Senate confirming many of those claims, which has oversight power over the agency.