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Saturday, April 16, 2011

DOJ released secret CIA interrogation memos
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On April 16, 2009, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) released four top secret memos from the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) outlining controversial CIA interrogation techniques and their legal rationale. The previously undisclosed memos were released with redactions in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) during the Bush administration. The ACLU also called for an independent investigator to probe allegations of torture during the Bush administration, but President Barack Obama said that, "[i]n releasing these memos, it is our intention to assure those who carried out their duties relying in good faith upon legal advice from the Department of Justice that they will not be subject to prosecution."

Learn more about the FOIA and the the so-called "torture memos" from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary from Guest Columnist James Friedman and Special Guest Columnist Shayana Kadidal on JURIST Forum.

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