Newly-released documents show military opposition to harsh interrogation tactics

[JURIST] Military lawyers cautioned US forces against using extreme interrogation tactics in early 2003, according to documents released in response to a request by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [official website]. The memorandums warned that using such methods might result in mistreatment of American POWs and criminal prosecution, international and domestic, for the interrogators. A Bush administration task force concluded, however, that the nature of the fight against terrorism would leave investigators immune. Graham, along with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) [official website] is introducing separate legislation [JURIST report] aimed at addressing prisoner treatment and conditions at Guantanamo, a move the White House opposes [New York Times report]. The New York Times has more.

 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.