At a press conference this afternoon, President Obama admitted that the U.S. tortured prisoners shortly after the 9/11 attacks. "In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong," Obama said, responding to a question about the recently declassified Senate study of the CIA's Rendition/Detention/Interrogation program. "We did a whole lot of things that were right. But we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values."

"When we engaged in some of these enhanced interrogation techniques, techniques that I and I think any fair minded person would believe were torture, we crossed a line," he added later. "And that needs to understood and accepted. We have to, as a country, take responsibility for that so hopefully we don't do it in the future. "