Huffpost Politics

Bush INTERROGATION MEMOS: Obama Releases

Posted: Updated:

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.

Around the Web

Administration Is Debating Release of Interrogation Memos ...

Obama Tilts to CIA on Memos - WSJ.com

Obama to release Bush-era interrogation memos

Obama Team Divided Over Release of Torture Memos | Newsweek ...

Obama Tilts to CIA on Interrogation Memos - First 100 Days of ...

Will Obama Block Release of Key Bush-Era Torture Memos ...

Obama to Release More Bush Torture Memos: Can It Get Even Uglier ...

Justice Department Again Delaying Release Of Bush “Torture” Memos ...

The Bush "Torture" Memos: Release Or Redact - The Atlantic ...

Obama Releases Secret Bush Anti-Terrorism Memos : NPR