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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

CIA director defended congressional interrogation information
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On May 15, 2009, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Leon Panetta defended information the CIA provided to the US Congress on the use of interrogation techniques during the Bush administration. Panett'a comments came in response to allegations by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who claimed to have been mislead by the CIA on its use of enhanced interrogation techniques. In February 2010, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a ruling concluding that "torture memo" author John Yoo was only guilty of "poor judgment" in writing the interrogation technique memos whose release prompted renewed discussion of the legality and legitimacy of enhanced interrogation techniques.

Learn more about enhanced interrogation techniques and the laws governing torture from the JURIST news archive.

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