Threading the Needle on Interrogation Reform

Daniel B. Prieto interviewed by Greg Bruno

President  Obama's decision to release information on CIA interrogation techniques has sparked furious debate over U.S. handling of terror suspects. CFR's Daniel Prieto says the new details indicate the "contorted" logic used by the Bush administration to justify harsh questioning.


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Executive Order 13491: "Ensuring Lawful Interrogations"

Author: Barack Obama

President Obama released this order on January 22, 2009, which aims to "promote the safe, lawful, and humane treatment of individuals in United States custody and of United States personnel who are detained in armed conflicts, to ensure compliance with the treaty obligations of the United States." This order revokes Executive Order 13440, "Interpretation of the Geneva Conventions Common Article 3 as Applied to a Program of Detention and Interrogation Operated by the Central Intelligence Agency," which limited United States compliance with Geneva Conventions regarding treatment of individuals detained by the Central Intelligence Agency.

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FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (H.R. 6304)

President George W. Bush on July 10, 2008 signed this act into law. It amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978, which set up a procedure and authorization for government intelligence programs to collect and monitor communications outside of the United States.

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