Thursday, January 22, 2009

President Obama Ends CIA Special Program

From NYT. Well done Obama:

As he signed three orders, 16 retired generals and admirals who have fought for
months for a ban on coercive interrogations stood behind him and applauded. The
group, organized to lobby the Obama transition team by the group Human Rights First, did not include any career C.I.A. officers or retirees, participants said.

One of Mr. Obama’s orders requires the C.I.A. to use only the 19 interrogation methods outlined in the Army Field Manual, ending President Bush’s policy of permitting the agency to use some secret methods that went beyond those allowed to the military.

I look forward to reading the Executive Order for this, and for the closing of Guantánamo, later on his website.

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