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(AP) The Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities after the 9/11 terror attacks is generating strong reactions in the U.S. and around the world.
That includes a call from a U.N.'s human rights and counterterrorism official that CIA officers and other U.S. government officials be held criminally accountable.
President Barack Obama says the techniques "did significant damage to America's standing in the world and made it harder to pursue our interests with allies and partners."
Sen. John McCain welcomed the report. The Arizona Republican was tortured in a North Vietnamese prison during the Vietnam War. He says the country gave up "too much" in "the expectation that torture would make us safer."
But current and past CIA officials maintain the coercive techniques worked. George Tenet, who was CIA director at the time, insists the program led to the capture of al-Qaida leaders and prevented mass casualty attacks.
Current CIA Director John Brennan acknowledges the agency made mistakes, but agrees with Tenet that the harsh interrogations saved lives.