Bush aides deny memo okayed previously renounced interrogation tactics

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October 5, 2007 03:12

 
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Democrats in both the Senate and the House of Representatives demanded Thursday to see two secret memos that reportedly authorize painful interrogation tactics against terror suspects despite the Bush administration's insistence that it has not violated US anti-torture laws. White House and Justice Department press officers said Thursday that legal opinions written in 2005 did not reverse an administration policy issued in 2004 that publicly renounced torture as abhorrent. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat, sent a letter to the acting attorney general saying the administration's credibility is at risk if the documents are not turned over to Congress. House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, both Democrats, promised a congressional inquiry into the two Justice Department legal opinions that were reported to have explicitly authorized the use of painful and psychological tactics against terror suspects.

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