Torture and the Law

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In Washington and around the world the uproar continues over Pentagon and Justice Department legal briefs that appear to justify torture. Meantime, Saudi kidnappers are threatening to treat an American hostage in the same way that Iraqi inmates were treated at the Abu Ghraib prison. While President Bush says he wanted treaties and laws to be followed, did others find ways to get around the Geneva conventions and Congressional statutes? Have excessive techniques been authorized? Are traditional policies being overturned? Should torture be banned under all circumstances, or does terrorism make the issue more complicated than it-s been before? Warren Olney goes in search of answers with experts in international law and war crimes, and former officials from the Reagan, Clinton and Bush, Sr. Justice and State Departments.
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Supreme Court on Elk Grove Unified School District v Newdow

New York Times article on the court's decision

Priest's article on Justice Department memo on torture

Geneva Conventions

General Taguba's report on prisoner abuse

Justice Department memo on 'Standards of Conduct for Interrogation

NY Times article on unveiling of Clinton's portrait

President Bush's remarks at unveiling

Simmie Knox, artist

Bill Clinton's My LIfe



Warren Olney