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  • 2 August 2014, 9:54

Obama: 'We Tortured Some Folks After 9/11'

President Barack Obama has said the US "tortured some folks" in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

He was speaking on Friday at the White House about a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into CIA interrogation procedures under president George W Bush.

"In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 we did some things that were wrong," he said.

"We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks.

"We did things that were contrary to our values."

The Senate investigation focused on tactics such as waterboarding and secret prisons for terrorism suspects after 9/11.

Officials familiar with the report say it concludes the use of coercive interrogations did not produce any significant counter-terrorism breakthrough in the years after the al Qaeda attacks.

The findings are to be released in the coming weeks.

Mr Obama said he believed the methods were used because US security officials were under pressure at the time to prevent another attack.

Americans should not be too "sanctimonious" in retrospect, he added.

Mr Obama also said on Friday that he had full confidence in CIA director John Brennan.

His comments came a day after Mr Brennan apologised after admitting his staff had spied on the Senate investigation into his agency.

The CIA's inspector general found the agency had improperly searched the computers of congressional staff.

There have been calls for Mr Brennan to resign because only months ago he strenuously denied his employees had snooped on the Senate inquiry, in a rare public spat with the committee chairwoman.

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