Jul. 31, 2005

Exclusive: Secret Memo—Send to Be Tortured

Exclusive: Secret Memo—Send to Be Tortured

By Michael Isikoff

07/31/05 'Newsweek' -- -- Aug. 8, 2005 issue - An FBI agent warned superiors in a memo three years ago that U.S. officials who discussed plans to ship terror suspects to foreign nations that practice torture could be prosecuted for conspiring to violate U.S. law, according to a copy of the memo obtained by NEWSWEEK. The strongly worded memo, written by an FBI supervisor then assigned to Guantanamo, is the latest in a series of documents that have recently surfaced reflecting unease among some government lawyers and FBI agents over tactics being used in the war on terror. This memo appears to be the first that directly questions the legal premises of the Bush administration policy of 'extraordinary rendition'—a secret program under which terror suspects are transferred to foreign countries that have been widely criticized for practicing torture."
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