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Torture Memos

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Torture Memos

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Leaked memos prepared by lawyers at the Justice Department argue the president's legal power to authorize the use of torture. U.S. law and international treaties ban torture under all circumstances, but some experts say there are times when torture is the lesser of two evils. Join NPR's Neal Conan and his guests to examine the arguments.

Guests:

Jess Bravin
*Wall Street Journal reporter

Doug Kmiec
*Chair and professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
*Head of the Office of Legal Counsel for President Ronald Reagan

Diane Orentlicher
*Professor of international law at American University in Washington

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