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Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
Torture and Accountability
WASHINGTON - McClatchy reports today: "The Bush administration applied relentless pressure on interrogators to use harsh methods on detainees in part to find evidence of cooperation between al Qaida and the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, according to a former senior U.S. intelligence official and a former Army psychiatrist. Such information would've provided a foundation for one of former President George W. Bush's main arguments for invading Iraq in 2003. In fact, no evidence has ever been found of operational ties between Osama bin Laden's terrorist network and Saddam's regime."
The Washington Post reports today: "Previously secret memos and interviews show CIA and Pentagon officials exploring ways to break Taliban and al-Qaeda detainees in early 2002, up to eight months before Justice Department lawyers approved the use of waterboarding and nine other harsh methods, investigators found."
Cohn just wrote the piece "Bush Memos Reveal Policy of Cruelty; Obama Refuses to Enforce the Law."
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Cohn is the president of the National Lawyers Guild, a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and the author of "Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law."
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