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Sen. Whitehouse Takes on Torture Memos

Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 08:00 | May 05, 2009 00:08
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Ismaeel Delgado

To follow up on my earlier post about Sen. Pat Leahy’s (D-Vt.) refusal to hold hearings on the torture memos as chair of the Judiciary Committee, we now learn, as Spencer just wrote, that Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has boldly taken the reins, using the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, which he chairs, to hold hearings to start trying to get to the bottom of just how and why those memos were written — and on whose orders.

Former State Department adviser Philip Zelikow’s testimony could go a long way toward revealing how his contrary advice — he says he warned Bush administration officials that the torture and abuse of prisoners as illegal — was ignored by the lawyers and policymakers in charge. The key, though, would be getting those lawyers and policymakers to testify about why they ignored it.

Ismaeel Delgado | Ismaeel Delgado has been working for the Ministry of Information and Communications as a Technical Officer for the past five years. He is an Electronics and Communication Engineer with a Masters in Information and Communication Engineering. He is involved in the review, revision, redesign, and expansion of the required structure, legislation, laws, and technically relevant national planning and program for spectrum management based on ITU radio regulations as a technical officer in the Ministry of Information and Communications' Frequency Management Department.

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