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Friday, March 18, 2005

Goss talks torture

CIA head won't exonerate agency of torture - (United Press International):

The new head of the CIA says he is not sure the agency's interrogation methods since Sept. 11, 2001, have conformed to U.S. laws against torture. Porter J. Goss did, however, tell the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday current CIA interrogation methods were legal and no methods now in use constituted torture, the New York Times said Friday. Meanwhile, the White House defended its secret 'rendering' of suspected terrorists to nations believed to use torture and said safeguards existed to ensure such suspects would not be tortured.
The entire torture story has been sort of hard to follow. I think that is because most of the noise on this issue is generated either by people who think a harsh word is torture or those who think that starting with the toes and working our way up is coddling these people. Our news gives us lots of sounds bites and claims, but very little actual reporting.


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