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December 9th, 2014
06:39 PM ET

Former CIA Operatives: When Americans are kidnapped we assume enemy torture works

(CNN) - The shocking, controversial and long anticipated report on the CIA's use of torture has been been publicly released, reigniting not only the debate over its morality but over its effectiveness.  Whether, for instance, it saved American lives and helped the U.S. capture and kill Osama bin Laden.

Former Bush administration officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, have argued the CIA's "enhanced interrogation program," or what is commonly referred to as torture, helped them interrupt terror plots, gain valuable understanding of al Qaeda and led them to bin Laden's hideout in Abottabad, Pakistan.

Senator Diane Feinstein, chair of the Intelligence Committee, blasted the CIA for overstating the importance of the techniques in fighting the war on the terror.

To discuss all of this, former CIA Officers Bob Baer and Reuel Marc Gerecht joined "The Lead."

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