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Obama Rules Out Charging CIA Operatives Who Used Harsh Interrogation Techniques

obama-and-biden1Pretty much as many expected, the CIA operatives who used harsh interrogation techiniques won’t be charged. Not a big surprise. One thing for sure, prosecuting those cases would have been one big political and legal mess.

By MARK MAZZETTI and SCOTT SHANE
New York Times
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department made public on Thursday detailed memos describing harsh interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency, as President Obama said that C.I.A. operatives who carried out the techniques would not be prosecuted.

One technique authorized for use by the C.I.A. beginning in August 2002 was the use of “insects placed in a confinement box,” presumably to induce fear on the part of a terror suspect.

The interrogation methods were among the Bush administration’s most closely guarded secrets, and what was released on Thursday afternoon marked the most comprehensive public accounting to date of a program that some senior Obama administration officials have included illegal torture.

One memo showed that a top Justice Department lawyer issued a legal opinion in 2005 saying that C.I.A. officers were allowed to use a combination of interrogation methods to produce a more effective result.

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