03/28/2008 02:46 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Justice Department Announces Investigation Into Waterboarding, Torture Memo

The Justice Department announced it has launched an investigation into who authorized the use of waterboarding at the department, following a request from Democratic Sens. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

After the two sent the DOJ a letter asking who authorized the use of the controversial interrogation technique, H. Marshall Jarrett, the head of DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility, wrote the senators that this issue is "included in a pending OPR investigation into the circumstances surrounding the drafting" of a 2002 Office of Legal Counsel memo on interrogation standards.

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