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Torturing People

Last week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a speech in which she made apparently definitive statements about our policies towards torture. See Jack Balkin, “Rice: ‘U.S. Personnel’ Don’t Enage in Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment ”Wherever They Are.'” Then be sure to see Marty Lederman’s follow-up, “Condi Rice’s ‘No Torture” Pledge: Don’t Believe the Hype!.’ The Economist also has a good article on this, “So, what’s all the fuss?.”

To close, Michael Froomkin writes “CIA Getting Cold Feet on Rendition/Torture?:”

Now comes a suggestion in the UK’s Observer — sadly, not an utterly reliable source — that CIA officers are getting cold feet about carrying on with these ‘renditions’. But not because they produce false intelligence. No, it’s the fear of law suits.