Report: Never before had there been such discussions “directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torture on detainees in our custody.”
by Lauren McCauley, Inelli Hub:
An independent examination of the United States’ post-9/11 rendition program released Tuesday concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture.” Though not groundbreaking news, the findings—which were reached by a “cautious, institutionalist” panel—demonstrate new and widespread awareness of our nation’s past and perpetual crimes against civilians.
Published by the Constitution Project, the 580-page report (pdf) found that “in the course of the nation’s many previous conflicts” never before had there been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.”
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