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“A Defense Department spokesman said last night [June 7, 2004] that the March 2003 [Pentagon] memo [on interrogation procedures at Guantanamo] represented ‘a scholarly effort to define the perimeters of the law’ but added: ‘What is legal and what is put into practice is a different story.’ Pentagon officials said the group examined at least 35 interrogation techniques, and [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld later approved using 24 of them in a classified directive on April 16, 2003, that governed all activities at Guantanamo Bay. The Pentagon has refused to make public the 24 interrogation procedures.”

 – Dana Priest and R. Jeffrey Smith, “Memo Offered Justification for Use of Torture,” The Washington Post, June 8, 2004

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