5,904. 6/7/2004

“Human rights groups expressed dismay at the Justice Department’s legal reasoning [for the torture of captured terrorists] yesterday [June 7, 2004]. ‘It is by leaps and bounds the worst thing I’ve seen since this whole Abu Ghraib scandal broke [in Iraq],’ said Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch. ‘It appears that what they were contemplating was the commission of war crimes and looking for ways to avoid legal accountability. The effect is to throw out years of military doctrine and standards on interrogations.’ “

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

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