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Newly Disclosed Torture Memo Remains Unreleased

You might hear some news today that another government memo approving specific torture techniques has been released. Given what I’ve seen of the memo, I’m not sure that’s really true. The word used by the Los Angeles Times seems more accurate: They say that the memo has been disclosed.

Disclosure means that the existence of the memo has been acknowledged. A few paragraphs of the memo have been released too, but the full memo itself, and what it told Justice Department interrogators about the kinds of techniques they could use, remains unreleased – blacked out. Almost all of the 18 pages of the memo remain censored, and with that much material withheld, it’s impossible to say for sure what the memo really told government interrogators to do to their prisoners.

Here’s a sample page. Can you tell what this page says? The ACLU has made available the whole blacked-out memo for you to see in the form that it was made unavailable to them.

photograph of blacked out fbi torture mem

5 thoughts on “Newly Disclosed Torture Memo Remains Unreleased”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Obama wants to take our(USA) sovreignty away and makes part of a global conglomarate of crap
    Obama: Global Poverty Act = World tax = Socialism. Where he thinks we shoul,d pay for world poverty He is full of himself and fooling you Demoncrats.

  2. J. Clifford says:

    Huh? How can there be a world tax imposed by the United States, and how would that take sovereignty away? Do you think that treaties take sovereignty away, and if so, how do you explain that the document that establishes the sovereignty of the United States, the Constitution, allows for treaties. Anonymous, you’re not making any sense.

    Also, you’re off-topic. This article is about torture, not anti-socialist rambling conspiracy theories, or Obama, for that matter.

  3. Jim says:

    No, no, it is on-topic, you see. The blacked out part of the memo contains the Republicans’ anti-socialist rambling conspiracy theories!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Anti -socialist? You better we are anti-socialist and the far left are a bunch commies tryinbg to make the USA do things and change laws for the world we have never had. As for “torture”? I bet those in the twin towers given the choice would have loved to have been tortured instead of losing thier lives and then the Dems cut and run like a bunch of cry babies then giving USA citizen rights to our enemy combatants of other coutries. Yes Obama will not be preisdent.

  5. Jim says:

    You clearly have not even bothered to read the Constitution — the Bill of Rights does not speak one word of citizens, but applies to all under American jurisdiction. Get yourself a copy of the Constitution and read it. Then try again.

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