DOJ Releases Torture Memos

The Justice Department released memos this week from the Bush administration detailing harsh interrogation methods used by CIA officers on terrorism suspects. Read them here.

The DOJ noted, in a press release, that Holder left open the door to future prosecutions by saying that CIA officials “who acted reasonably and in good faith on authoritative legal advice from the Justice Department that their conduct was lawful, and conformed their conduct to that advice, would not face federal prosecutions for that conduct.”  President Obama also issued a similar statement that, “In releasing these memos, it is our intention to assure those who carrying out their duties relying in good faith upon the legal advice from the Department of Justice that they will not be subject to prosecution.”

Here is what the ACLU had to say about it:

To restore America’s commitment to human rights, we must demand a thorough criminal investigation. Tell Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate the detainee abuse.

Click here to take the ACLU’s Action Alert.

More pointedly, here is Amnesty International:

In a pivotal moment in our call for accountability, yesterday the Obama administration finally released the four infamous memos crafted to provide legal cover for the U.S. torture program. You and I know there is no legal form of torture. But Obama wants us to believe that “this is a time for reflection, not retribution.”

We’ve done plenty of reflecting, and the information in the memos only confirms what we’ve known all along. Torture is illegal under both domestic and international law and no set of legal memos can change that.

Click here to take Amnesty International’s action alert.

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