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Newly-released documents show military opposition to harsh interrogation tactics

[JURIST] Military lawyers cautioned US forces against using extreme interrogation tactics in early 2003, according to documents released in response to a request by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [official website]. The memorandums warned that using such methods might result in mistreatment of American POWs and criminal prosecution, international and domestic, for the interrogators. A Bush administration task force concluded, however, that the nature of the fight against terrorism would leave investigators immune. Graham, along with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) [official website] is introducing separate legislation [JURIST report] aimed at addressing prisoner treatment and conditions at Guantanamo, a move the White House opposes [New York Times report]. The New York Times has more.

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