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Discovery in the A.C.L.U. lawsuit against the government over alleged torture of prisoners produced more memos yesterday. This time it was F.B.I. memos which had an odd twist. A couple of the memos by F.B.I. agents from Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay) claim that military interrogators were impersonating F.B.I. agents during interrogations. The purpose -- at least in part -- was said to be to avoid being accused of illegal interrogation tactics by released prisoners. Thus, any torture would be attributed to the F.B.I., not the military.
Ironically, it was the F.B.I. agents writing memos back to D.C. that Gitmo military interrogators were using illegal methods. Moreover, the memos widen the circle of government officials who knew about torture to F.B.I. chief Robert Mueller, despite the government's position that abuse was not a policy, but instead was committed by low-level, aberrant soldiers I keep wondering when this is really going to blow open.
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