Yesterday, the White House released the so-called "torture memos" of the Bush administration. These memos detail the directives for what the Bush administration calls enhanced interrogation techniques. The release marked the most comprehensive public accounting to date of a program that some senior administration officials, and human rights groups, say included illegal torture. In advance of the publication of the memos, President Obama absolved the CIA from prosecution for the harsh tactics used in the interrogation of terror suspects. To explore these memos and their fallout, The Takeaway is joined by Jane Mayer
, New Yorker
writer and author of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
"What these memos do is they make legal acts that were criminal prior to these memos."
—Jane Mayer of the New Yorker on the recently released torture memos