Senate to Probe Bush-Era CIA

Inquiry to focus on controversial interrogation and detention program
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2009 4:22 AM CST
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(Newser) – The Senate Intelligence Committee plans a sweeping investigation into the CIA's actions under President Bush, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials say the probe is a fact-finding mission rather than an investigation into whether laws were broken, but the inquiry is certain to put the spotlight back on the agency's use of harsh interrogation techniques in secret prisons.

Officials say the investigation will delve deeply into the agency's "crown jewels" of sensitive information, and focus on whether the controversial measures approved by Bush and ended by President Obama succeeding in extracting any useful information from detainees. New CIA chief Leon Panetta has pledged to fully cooperate with any congressional investigation.