Anti-Torture Memo May Embarrass Bush Camp
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2009 4:52 PM CDT
Former State Department official Philip Zelikow gestures during a break in today's hearing on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Probably the most newsworthy item out of today’s Senate hearing into alleged torture techniques is that a memo written by a former State Department counselor who questioned their legality has been located and may be released, writes Zachary Roth for Talking Points Memo. Philip Zelikow’s memo, which he says the Bush administration tried to destroy, is being reviewed for declassification and “figures to be a hot item,” writes Roth.

Other highlights:

  • Former FBI interrogator Ali Soufan says harsh interrogation techniques were useless and "harmful to our efforts to defeat al-Qaeda."
  • A witness from Georgetown Law School called the Bush memos "an ethical train wreck."
  • Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse blasted the Bush administration, saying "the law was ignored, bastardized and manipulated."