Task Force Finds US Indisputably Tortured Prisoners

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Former Republican Congressman Asa Hutchinson headed the DEA and was Undersecretary of Homeland Security during the Bush Administration. Because he knows so many players, he says he "took convincing." But he has "no doubts" that the President and his top advisors authorized torture in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and secret CIA "black sites" and other places. He's the co-chair of the Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment, which includes 11 former elected officials, judges and high-ranking military officers. The nonpartisan, independent task force issued a massive report today after two years of investigation, concluding unanimously that the "unjustified" use of torture "damaged the standing of our nation, reduced our capacity to convey moral censure when necessary, and potentially increased the danger to US military personnel taken captive." One Task Force member is retired Army Brigadier General and former Republican legislator in the state of Utah, David Irvine.

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Guest:
David Irvine - attorney and former Republican legislator in Utah

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Christian Bordal, Evan George, Sonya Geis