Monday, August 24, 2009

New Interrogations Unit

"President Obama has approved the creation of a specialized interrogation unit that would focus on key terror suspects, the White House confirmed Monday.

Deputy Obama press secretary Bill Burton told reporters that even though the new unit will be supervised by the White House, that does not mean the CIA is out of the interrogation business." -- Fox News

"WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has approved creation of a new, special terrorism-era interrogation unit to be supervised by the White House, a top aide said Monday, further distancing his administration from President George W. Bush's detainee policies.

The administration has also decided that all U.S. interrogators will follow the rules for detainees laid out by the Army Field Manual, according to senior administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision. That decision aims to end years of fierce debate over how rough U.S. personnel can get with terror suspects in custody." -- Yahoo News

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"The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group will be run by FBI officials and follow guidelines set by the US army's field manual, which conforms to international law.

The Democratic president has already outlawed severe methods such as waterboarding, which simulates drowning, but now other techniques such as such as subjecting prisoners to loud music for long periods and sleep deprivation will also be a thing of the past." --

"U.S. President Barack Obama signed off on setting up a special terrorism interrogation team that would be placed at the FBI but report directly to the White House-based National Security Council, a top aide said Monday.

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The new High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group would be led by an FBI official and comprised of law enforcement and intelligence experts, deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton told reporters covering the vacationing Obama at Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

The structure of the new unit differs significantly from such work under the previous administration, when the CIA had the lead and sometimes exclusive role in questioning al-Qaeda suspects.

The unit would not alter the Obama administration's decision banning harsh interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, that were authorized by the Bush administration. The team was examining what other techniques could be used." --

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