"As you told us...."

The WH has released four of the "torture" memos prepared by the Office of Legal Counsel for the CIA.Here is the first and shortest! (those lawyers must get paid by the word) concerning techniques to be used on Abu Zubaydah. The legal beagles here can clarify, but the constant reiteration of the phrase, "as you [the CIA] told us verbally," (and they repeat the details of the conditionsunder which these methods would be deployed), sounds like they are covering their A.... It appears that the OLCdidn't search for independent information. Were they just signing off on the CIA's say so?Here:http://72.3.233.244/pdfs/safefree/olc_08012002_bybee.pdfAll four here:http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/politics/20090416_memos.pdf

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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