President Bush set broad new limits for questioning of CIA terror detainees yesterday, the Washington Post reports. The new regulations for "enhanced" interrogations—used to press suspects by means not allowed in US military custody—are an attempt at partial compliance with the Geneva Conventions.
They forbid acts of murder, torture, religious denigration, and any other methods "beyond the bounds of human decency." Rights activists faulted the order for not naming any specific techniques that will or will not be practiced. Still, an intelligence official commented: "It would be very wrong to assume that the program of the past would move into the future unchanged."