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Obama Still Opposes Truth Commission On Torture

05/21/09 12:04 PM ET   AP

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WASHINGTON — Despite calls in Congress for an independent "truth commission" to look into the interrogation policies of President George W. Bush's administration, President Barack Obama is again arguing against that idea.

Obama says that kind of finger-pointing can distract the nation's leaders from the challenges ahead. He says officials need to "focus on the future."

In his Thursday speech at the National Archives, Obama said there are already inquiries in Congress into the harsh interrogation techniques that many have called torture. Obama said the Justice Department and the courts can punish any violation of the laws.

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