Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: "Torture Memo" Author John Yoo Responds to This Week's Revelations
Posted on 04/04/2008 4:05:37 AM PDT by moderatewolverine
In his first interview since the release Tuesday of a 2003 memo he authored providing legal authority for the use of aggressive interrogation techniques by the U.S. military, John Yoo denied to Esquire that his memo applied to soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan or that it authorized the kinds of abuses that were revealed at Abu Ghraib. I did not think as a matter of policy that it was a good idea for the military to use aggressive interrogations of the kind that would be permitted to the CIA, he said, adding that he expressed those reservations to officials higher up the chain of command.
Yoo, the author of the infamous 2002 torture memo that authorized the CIA to undertake harsh interrogations of al Qaeda figures, says that the second memo, made public this week, did not significantly expand the intent of the original document, despite widespread condemnation of it for seeming to do just that.
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