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“One of the lowest points in our nation’s history,” the report says.

Read the report on US torture after 9/11

By Zach Wener-Fligner

2014-15 Fellow. Quartz Things team.

The US Senate Intelligence Committee has released the first documents from its multiyear investigation of the CIA’s controversial “enhanced interrogation” techniques used on al-Qaeda terrorism suspects after the attacks of September 11, 2001. According to a press release by Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein, those interrogation techniques included sleep deprivation of up to 180 hours, dragging naked detainees up and down corridors while slapping and punching them, waterboarding that turned into a “series of near drownings,” and “rectal feeding” or “rectal hydration” of detainees.

While the 6,000-page full report remains confidential, the 525-page executive summary was released to the public today, and is embedded below.

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