Friday, December 31, 2004

U.S. Releases New Memo Defining Torture (AP)

Yahoo! News - U.S. Releases New Memo Defining Torture

On the morning of New Year's eve, one of the busiest and most festive holidays of the year, when millions of Americans are preparing to ring in the new year with parties, dinners, dances, at restaurants, bars, nightclubs, or living rooms; at the beginning of a weekend during which the word "news" will sound achingly like "noise;" in the midst of a global news story of such profound importance that all other stories will seem insignificant in comparison; the US Department of Justice released a memo which clarifies what constitutes "torture." The memo supersedes--and contradicts--a similar set of DOJ documents written in 2002.

Many believe the 2002 DOJ directives at the very least created an environment in which the prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and other detention camps could be rationalized.

Being President means never having to say "I'm sorry..."

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