Re-Examining Bush Era Interrogation Tactics
June 3, 2009 As vice president, Dick Cheney led CIA briefings with senior members of Congress on Bush-era harsh interrogation program, a news report says. Intelligence experts say Cheney's role, while highly unusual, was within legal parameters — and underscores his stake in the program.
May 21, 2009 In dramatic, back-to-back speeches, the president repudiated the Bush administration for choosing "expedience" over the rule of law. The former VP, meanwhile, warned that Obama's efforts to find "middle ground" would leave the country exposed to attack.
May 20, 2009 The rhetoric over harsh interrogation tactics — and clamor for disclosure and inquiry — are intensifying. President Obama is being urged to step in and name an independent panel to examine what went wrong in the Bush Justice Department.
May 15, 2009 Congressional testimony this week showed that private CIA contractors were a driving force behind harsh interrogations. Although there are lawsuits against military contractors involved in detainee abuse, there has been far less legal action against contractors who worked for the CIA.
May 14, 2009 Vice President Dick Cheney says the two documents would show that harsh interrogation techniques used during the Bush administration were effective, but the CIA says they contain information that is the subject of pending litigation.
May 13, 2009 Republicans have used a CIA memo to point out that top Democrats who were briefed on interrogation techniques used under the Bush administration did not act to stop them. But Democrats say that's not fair, arguing that they had few options for taking action on what was classified information.
May 13, 2009 Former senior FBI agent Ali Soufan, who was involved in the interrogation of captured al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah, tells a Senate Judiciary panel on Wednesday that the use of harsh techniques to extract information was "slow, ineffective and unreliable."
May 5, 2009 As the Justice Department nears the end of its investigation into lawyers who wrote memos authorizing harsh interrogations, sources tell NPR that the report will refer people to bar associations for possible disciplinary action. But they also suggest that the investigation may stop short of recommending criminal charges.