Monday, March 23, 2009

White House to Release Details of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

The White House is moving to declassify and release three internal memos that set out the Bush administration's legal justification for its enhanced interrogation techniques (including waterboarding) used against high value detainees, report Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball in Newsweek.  (Thanks to reader and student Jerzy Banasiak for the tip.)

The move comes in the wake of last week's account in the New York Review of Books of a secret report by the International Committee of the Red Cross quoting detainees on their treatment.  That account sparked renewed debate over torture and criminal charges against Bush administration officials. 

According to Isikoff and Hosenball, there's some dispute about how much and when Congress knew about the techniques. 

I'll post when the memos are released.


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