Friday, November 14, 2008

Obama likely to allow US torture to continue

Obama recently voted for a White House-backed law to expand eavesdropping powers for the National Security Agency. Mr. Obama said he opposed providing legal immunity to telecommunications companies that aided warrantless surveillance, but ultimately voted for the bill, which included an immunity provision. He could take a similar approach to revising the rules for CIA interrogations, said one current government official familiar with the transition. Upon review, Mr. Obama may decide he wants to keep the road open in certain cases for the CIA to use techniques not approved by the military, but with much greater oversight.

IMO: Excessive liberalism aside, torture techniques often do not work, with difficult consequences. Any motives are possibly political rather than common sense.

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