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Part of the Senate's explosive CIA torture report will soon be available for you to read
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The Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday voted to declassify and release portions of its enormous report on the CIA's harsh rendition and interrogation practices under former President George W. Bush. The White House has to review the documents first, but they're expected to be publicly released within the month.

"The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation," the panel's chairwoman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement. "This is not what Americans do."

The report found that the CIA for years dramatically overstated the effectiveness of its controversial interrogation practices and lied about the exact extent of the program, according to details leaked to the press. And it became a major point of contention between the Senate and CIA, with lawmakers alleging the agency spied on congressional staffers as they compiled the report.

Though the public will get a peek into the controversial program with the report's release, they'll hardly see the whole picture: The committee voted to declassify only about 480 of the report's 6,300 pages.

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