For Immediate Release

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Zach Lowe (202) 224-8657

Senator Russ Feingold

On the Obama Administration’s Release of OLC Memos

Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold

WASHINGTON -  “I applaud President Obama for his decision to release these memos
approving the CIA’s so-called enhanced interrogation program with only
minor redactions.  This effort to level with the American people is long
overdue.  I also strongly support the Office of Legal Counsel’s
action to officially withdraw these memos, in another repudiation of the
previous administration’s disregard for the rule of law. 

“The president has stated that it is not his administration’s
intention to prosecute those who acted reasonably and relied in good faith upon
legal advice from the Department of Justice.  As I understand it, his
decision does not mean that anyone who engaged in activities that the
Department had not approved, those who gave improper legal advice or those who
authorized the program could not be prosecuted.  The details made public
in these memos paint a horrifying picture and reveal how the Bush
administration's lawyers and top officials were complicit in torture.  The
so-called enhanced interrogation program was a violation of our core principles
as a nation and those responsible should be held accountable.”

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