02/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ex-CIA Official: Torture Ban A "Great Leap Forward"

President Barack Obama took a major step toward undoing the interrogation and detention policies of the Bush administration on Thursday, issuing four executive orders that lay out an unequivocal path to closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, constructing a new legal and policy architecture for terrorism detainees, and ending the CIA's so-called "enhanced interrogation" regime.

Both civil libertarians and ex-CIA officials involved in interrogations and detentions policies hailed the changes.

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