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US used torture after 9/11: review

‘INDISPUTABLE’:The nonpartisan, independent review found that the nation’s highest officials were responsible and that it was unjustified and reduced the US’ standing

NY Times News Service, WASHINGTON

The question of whether those methods amounted to torture is a historically and legally momentous issue that has been debated for more than a decade inside and outside the government. The US Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel wrote a series of legal opinions from 2002 to 2005 concluding that the methods were not torture if used under strict rules; all the memos were later withdrawn. News organizations have wrestled with whether to label the brutal methods unequivocally as torture in the face of some government officials’ claims that they were not.

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