Investigating the Interrogators

By Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times - July 21, 2010

One of the most shameful chapters in the war against terrorism was the complicity of George W. Bush's Justice Department in the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" — in plain language, torture — to extract information from suspected terrorists. Now the coauthor of two notorious 2002 memorandums issued by the department's Office of Legal Counsel has confirmed that interrogators transgressed even the minimal restrictions imposed by the memos.

In an interview conducted by the House Judiciary Committee in May but released only last week, former Assistant Atty. Gen. Jay S. Bybee acknowledged that the department did not approve some of the most revolting methods employed by the agency, including the repeated waterboarding of two "high-value detainees." Bybee's account vindicates Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.'s decision to investigate whether some interrogators failed to act "in good faith, relying on Justice Department guidelines."

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