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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Senate declassified Bush administration interrogation report
Adiah Oreyomi at 12:00 AM ET

On April 21, 2009, the US Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) declassified a report that described to what extent high-ranking George W. Bush administration officials were involved in subscribing to harsh interrogation policies used on prisoners of war. The release of the report followed the release of four top secret interrogation memos from the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) also describing controversial CIA interrogation techniques and the legal rationale behind them. The report rejected the claim that the abuse of detainees could only be attributed to "a few bad apples" and asserted that senior Bush officials redefined the law in order to give these techniques the appearance of legality.

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