CIA Played Larger Role In Advising Pentagon

By | June 18, 2008
Lt. Col. James Friend objects to the line of questioning of his client, retired Lt. Col. Diane Beaver, a former staff judge at Guantanamo Bay, during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
A senior CIA lawyer advised Pentagon officials about the use of harsh interrogation techniques on detainees at Guantanamo Bay in a meeting in late 2002, defending waterboarding and other methods as permissible despite U.S. and international laws banning torture, according to documents released yesterday by congressional investigators.

Torture “is basically subject to perception,” CIA counterterrorism lawyer Jonathan Fredman told a group of military and intelligence officials gathered at the U.S.-run detention camp in Cuba on Oct. 2, 2002, according to minutes of the meeting. “If the detainee dies, you’re doing it wrong.” –

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