WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the release of legal opinions governing harsh questioning of terrorism suspects is required by the law and should help address "a dark and painful chapter in our history."
Obama issued a statement accompanying Thursday's release of four significant memos written by the Bush administration in 2002 and 2005. The president said that the interrogation techniques outlined in the memos "undermine our moral authority and do not make us safer."
Obama said he believes some national security information must remain classified, but that these graphic memos are different. Obama said withholding them would deny facts already in the public domain and would contribute to an inaccurate accounting of the past.