Torture, War, and Obama Justice

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Memo detail.
Detail from 2003 memo by John Yoo, a Justice Department lawyer in the Bush administration, outlining permissible interrogation techniques.

More news over the weekend on the U.S. torture debate.
Waterboarding used 266 times on two suspects. Republicans pushing back on President Obama’s release of Bush-era memos. And Obama’s chief of staff says no one – not even the Bush architects – may face charges.
From wiretapping to detainees to the red hot CIA memos controversy, President Obama has roiled some on the left. He’s too much like Bush, they say. Meanwhile, conservatives are upset over the release of the sensitive memos.
Defenders, however, say he’s found middle ground in some rough terrain.
This Hour, On Point: The debate over President Obama’s legal moves in the terrorism fight.
You can join the conversation. What's your view on President Obama's legal moves on the national security front? Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.Guests:

Ari Shapiro, Justice correspondent, National Public Radio.

Jonathan Turley, professor at George Washington University Law School. He writes a widely-read legal blog.

Robert Turner, professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. He also serves as the associate director at UVA's Center for National Security Law.

This program aired on April 20, 2009.


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