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U.S. Officials Defend Interrogation Tactics

Top U.S. defense officials said Wednesday that military interrogation techniques approved for use in Iraq, such as depriving detainees of sleep, having military dogs present and placing prisoners in humiliating poses did not violate international law. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld told a Senate committee that the misconduct shown in photos and videos from the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison was inhumane and would be punished. However, he said, other interrogation procedures involving “physical and psychological manipulation” are permissible. The testimony by Rumsfeld and others before the Senate defense appropriations subcommittee focused on what techniques the military had deemed appropriate in interrogating prisoners and how those related to the Geneva Convention. It came on a day when members of Congress viewed new videos and photos of Iraqi prisoner abuse. Full Story

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