WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 â When the Justice Department publicly declared torture âabhorrentâ in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations.
But soon after Alberto R. Gonzalesâs arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.
The new opinion, the officials said, for the first time provided explicit authorization to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures.
Mr. Gonzales approved the legal memorandum on âcombined...
So someone is upset that a captured terrorist gets slapped in the head? I'm afraid I have a hard time sympathizing with anyone KILLS innocent people. They ought to be thankful that all they get is a slap in the head. Many folks who lost their families in WTC or pentagon would rather see them get a bullit in the head!