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Friday, April 10, 2009

The Nuremberg Defense for Torture

You report (Report outlines involvement of Medical Workers in Abusive C.I.A. Interrogations, New York Times, April 7, 2009: A6) that C.I.A. Director Panetta "has stated repeatedly that no one who took actions based on legal guidance from the Department of Justice at the time should be investigated let alone punished."

He is invoking the Nuremberg Defense.

Such a defense in untenable in the United States. Our self respect and our desire for the good opinion of the world compels us to investigate and, if necessary, bring to account those who violated the rules of war and American law.

Sent to New York Times

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