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National Defense

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a consequential report Tuesday detailing the brutal nature of CIA anti-terrorism programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The 6,000-page report, authored by the outgoing Democratic majority on the committee, may be the most significant congressional investigation in the modern political era; its conclusions -- that U.S. agents committed acts of tantamount to torture on terrorism suspects -- may also shock American sensibilities.