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Author of 'torture memos' says CIA exceeded limits in interrogations

Author of 'torture memos' says CIA exceeded limits in interrogations

Jay Bybee, who drafted the controversial legal memoranda with lawyer John Yoo, tells a House committee that repeated waterboarding and other techniques were not approved by the Justice Department.

The former Justice Department official who co-wrote the so-called torture memos testified that the department did not sanction some of the harsh methods the CIA used against detainees during the George W.


Karl Rove defends waterboarding

A senior advisor to the former American president, George Bush, has defended harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, saying he was proud of the intelligence the US gained by using them. Karl Rove said the use of waterboarding had helped ...


Ex-CIA chiefs urge Obama to drop abuse investigation

Seven former heads of the CIA urged President Barack Obama on Friday to end the probe into allegations of abuse of prisoners held by the agency, arguing that it would hamper intelligence operations.


White House Fires Back After Cheney Calls CIA Probe 'Political'

The White House on Monday fired back after former Vice President Dick Cheney called the Obama administration's decision to open a probe into alleged CIA abuses an "outrageous political act." White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs broadly dismissed Cheney's comments on "FOX News Sunday" as typical and unfounded.


Cheney: Politics driving CIA interrogation probe

Cheney: Politics driving CIA interrogation probe

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says politics are driving the Justice Department's decision to investigate whether CIA interrogators abused terror suspects detained after the Sept. 11 attacks.


CIA memo details procedures for breaking detainees

Sleep deprivation, "insult slaps," water dousing and "walling," or slamming a detainee's head against a wall, were techniques used by CIA interrogators to break high-value detainees, according to an agency memo.


Republicans Denounce 'Witch Hunt' of CIA

Attorney general's decision to probe alleged abuses of terrorist detainees draws sharp criticism, as leading Democrats largely applaud the action.


New Reports of Harsh C.I.A. Tactics

Several news organizations reported Friday night that a Central Intelligence Agency document details extreme tactics employed by agency interrogators, including what was described as a "mock execution." Those news organizations' reports could not be independently confirmed.


Holder is blasted from all sides

Attorney General Eric Holder faces pressure from both political parties after a string of recent policy decisions.


AG Considers Torture Probe

AG Considers Torture Probe

Attorney General Eric Holder may appoint a prosecutor to probe Bush-era interrogations, countering Obama's wishes.


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