Ashcroft Won't Release Torture Memos to Senate

Defense Dept. Torture Memo
A legal memo, prepared for Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, Vice President Cheney and other Bush administration officials, details the rules -- and potential justifications -- surrounding the use of torture. Read the Memo

Two memos prepared by Bush administration lawyers and high-ranking officials suggest the president cannot be held to federal and international rules prohibiting torture. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft refused to turn over the documents or say whether President Bush has authorized force or other techniques in interrogation. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.

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