House Dems Want Zelikow’s Anti-Torture Memo

Monday, May 04, 2009 at 1:25 pm

The FOIA request I filed on April 22 with the State Department for former counselor Philip Zelikow’s 2005 memo arguing against torture appears to be stuck in bureaucratic limbo. Luckily, four top House Democrats — Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY..),  William Delahunt (D-Mass.) and Howard Berman (D-Calif.), who occupy important roles atop the judiciary and international affairs committees — have written to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for a copy of the memo, which they say they want by Thursday.

From their letter, which they sent to the secretary on April 30:

We write seeking access to an important State Department memorandum necessary for the Judiciary Committee’s ongoing investigation of the role Justice Department lawyersin approving interrogation practices of the former Administration. This document may also shed significant light on the role played by State Department experts in the interagency process that led to the implementation of these practices, a matter of substantial interest to the Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight.

If only I had a gavel.

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