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Interrogations probe concludes Pentagon leaders did not encourage abuse

[JURIST] An investigation of US military interrogation policies and techniques presented to Congress Thursday by former US Navy Inspector-General Vice Adm. Albert T. Church [official profile] has concluded that senior civilian and military leaders did not encourage abuse of prisoners and applied no pressure to go beyond the limits pf permissible interrogation practices. The full text of the report is not yet available, but a 21-page executive summary was obtained by the Associated Press late Wednesday. While appearing to exonerate Pentagon leadership, the report nonetheless says that opportunities to provide early guidance to commanders in Afghanistan and Iraq were not seized, although Church wrote it was unclear whether taking advantage of those opportunities would have prevented later problems. The report also reveals that a new, more restrictive policy on interrogations was adopted by the US commanding general in Iraq on January 27 of this year. Church testifies later today [agenda] before the Senate Armed Services Committee. AP has more.

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