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Bush Refuses to Rule Out Torture Was Allowed

HeadlineJun 11, 2004

At the G8 conference in George, President Bush held a rare press conference. He said NATO is not likely too contribute troops to Iraq and he refused to rule out that torture was used during interrogations. Asked repeatedly about what message was sent to interrogators about the using torture, Bush said “The instructions went out to our people to adhere to law. That ought to comfort you.” Earlier this week internal Bush administration memos were leaked to the press that indicated the administration had concluded the president had the power to ignore U.S. and international law regarding torture on the grounds of national security. When asked on Thursday, Bush said he couldn’t recall if he had seen the memo.

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