April 16, 2009
DOJ Releases OLC Torture Memos, Promises not to Prosecute
The Department of Justice today announced the release of four previously unreleased Bush era OLC memos providing the legal justifications for particular interrogation techniques--now commonly understood to include torture--of detainees in the war on terror.
Both President Obama and the DOJ issued statements saying that DOJ would not prosecute intelligence officials who relied in good faith on authoritative legal advice from the OLC and conformed their conduct to that advice. AG Holder also informed the CIA that DOJ would provide support to any employee prosecuted in any international or foreign tribunal or involved in any congressional investigation.
These strong statements--along with congressional Republicans' promise to filibuster the nominations of Dean Harold Koh and Professor Dawn Johnsen--suggest that the memos say much more than what we already know about OLC's advice. I'll post again, with links to the memos, as soon as I get them electronically.
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