By Staff and Wire Reports
Jun 8, 2004, 07:32
Administration lawyers concluded in a policy paper last year that a president can legally order interrogators to torture terrorist suspects.
The lawyers, who were not identified by name, were part of a working group writing a policy governing interrogation techniques to be used at the prison for terrorist suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
However, Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita said Monday that the final set of interrogation methods adopted for use at Guantanamo in April 2003 are humane, legal and useful – and more restrictive than the methods some had proposed.
Di Rita described the paper as a staff legal analysis that was part of an internal administration debate on how to obtain intelligence…
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