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After September 11, 2001, the US government authorized a military offensive against Al-Qaeda, the group that claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks. During this offensive, the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) carried out what has been described as a "torture program" to obtain information from detainees believed to have had knowledge of the 9/11 attacks or of the whereabouts of Al-Qaeda leadership. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence later launched [PDF] an inquiry into the CIA's interrogation methods in March 2009. The resulting Committee Study released in December 2014, also known as the torture report, concluded that the enhanced interrogation techniques employed by the CIA between 2002 and 2007 were "ineffective." Concerns about the CIA's treatment of detainees and how to address this legacy is an ongoing issue. Suspicion over the CIA's treatment of detainees started the process that resulted in the publication of the torture report. In 2007, the

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Timeline

12/09/2014: UN rights expert urged prosecution of US officials responsible for torture

12/09/2014: Senate report concluded enhanced interrogation techniques 'ineffective'

11/28/2014: UN report criticized US compliance with anti-torture treaty

09/07/2014: CIA used 'extreme' torture methods on terror suspects: report

08/29/2014: CIA rendition victims urged Obama to name them in Senate report

06/30/2014: Federal appeals court revived Abu Ghraib torture lawsuit

04/03/2014: Senate committee voted to release CIA 'torture' report

11/04/2013: Report: US medical professionals participated in detainee torture

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