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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:36 PM
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Newsweek: "The Aug. 1, 2002, Memo From DOJ Was NOT The First Piece Of legal Guidance" For Torture"
From A Newsweek Article, this tidbit?

As Soufan tells the story, he challenged a CIA official at the scene about the agency's legal authority to do what it was doing. "We're the United States of America, and we don't do that kind of thing," he recalls shouting at one point. But the CIA official, whom Soufan refuses to name because the agent's identity is still classified, brushed aside Soufan's concerns. He told him in April 2002 that the aggressive techniques already had gotten approval from the "highest levels" in Washington, says Soufan. The official even waved a document in front of Soufan, saying the approvals "are coming from Gonzales," a reference to Alberto Gonzales, then the White House counsel and later the attorney general. (A lawyer for Gonzales declined to comment.)

What this document wasand what, exactly, it authorizedis unclear. Soufan notes that, at that point, there had not been any talk in his presence of waterboarding, the most extreme of the techniques. But, as he later told Justice Department investigators, Soufan considered the methods he witnessed to be "borderline torture." A CIA spokesman declined to comment on what Soufan may have been shown, but wrote in an e-mail to NEWSWEEK: "The Aug. 1, 2002, memo from the Department of Justice wasn't the first piece of legal guidance for the program." "There are still gaping holes in the record," says Jameel Jaffer, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who spearheaded the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that forced the disclosure of the Justice memos. The ACLU is now suing for further disclosures.

more:
http://www.newsweek.com/id/195089/page/2

http://www.newsweek.com/id/195141
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-26-09 04:42 PM
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1. The court ordered FOUR memos be released. There are thousands of documents!!
Edited on Sun Apr-26-09 04:43 PM by L. Coyote
And many people are still constrained from discussing what they know by classification of documents.

Obama has only released what the court required, so far.
We need to get to the truth. Meanwhile, the cover-up continues.

CIA Has 3,000 Docs on Torture Tapes
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x5303329
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