GWEN IFILL: A tough Senate report out today raised new questions about drastic interrogations of terror suspects in the Bush years. NewsHour correspondent Kwame Holman has our lead story report.
KWAME HOLMAN: The Senate report was the product of an 18-month investigation by the Armed Services Committee. It drew on more than 70 interviews and 200,000 pages of documents.
The committee found CIA and military officials began exploring waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods shortly after 9/11 and months before Justice Department lawyers approved them.
In short order, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and others authorized tactics that also ranged from stripping prisoners naked to exposing them to extremes of heat and cold.
The report found that approval led ultimately to notorious abuses in military prisons at Guantanamo and then in Iraq and Afghanistan, including Abu Ghraib.
The findings were sure to fuel a debate that began with President Obama's release of the Bush-era legal memos last week.
The growing political tension over interrogations surfaced at a House hearing with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, held in this room today. As Clinton testified, some of the president's critics zeroed in on his handling of the issue.
California Republican Dana Rohrabacher pressed Clinton on whether putting out the memos has made the country less safe.
REP. DANA ROHRABACHER,R-Calif.: There are senior intelligence officers who are suggesting that release of that information may end up damaging our ability to thwart terrorist attacks. Do you have any comment on that?
HILLARY CLINTON, secretary of State: Number one: No one will be prosecuted who acted within the four corners of the legal advice that was given, following that advice, to perform any function that that person believed was legal.
However, those who formulated the legal opinions and gave those orders should be reviewed. And the president has referred that to the attorney general and has also said that there may be an opportunity for a non-political, bipartisan -- I might say nonpartisan -- review to get all of this out in the open in the way that we function best as a democracy.