April 16th, 2009
03:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Administration to release torture documents from Bush era

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama administration will release four Bush-era memos on terror interrogations Thursday, according to a senior administration official.

The administration has also informed CIA officials they will not be prosecuted for past waterboarding


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  1. TCM

    why not? We've already got the Torture Document from the Obama administration – it's called the "Stimulus Plan."

    April 16, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. JA/TN

    and let's have a tea party in protest of the illegal torture methods, despite Bush's christian morals

    April 16, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. TCM

    This article brings to mind, "Why is Obama still campaigning? What is the left hand doing while the right hand shows us this...??

    So many Obama supporters are regretful. At the Orlando Tea Party I personally talked to 66 people out of a crowd of a couple thousand ...that were former Obama supporters....

    the grip is slipping...like most celebrities...his star is fading fast!

    April 16, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. jake

    prosecute them!

    "U.S. does not torture...." George W. Bush, Oct 2007

    April 16, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Thurston Howell

    I guess, if ya can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. She's pathetic. Yeah, we really need politicians who run away and hide. We have enough of those already.

    April 16, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Pepou

    I am anxious to see them. I am teaching a class and want to inform my students so they understand the past and don't repeat it.

    April 16, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Mississippi Mike

    Obama is setting a new precedent by trying to smear a prior presidency by releasing documents that will damaging to the reputation of our nation. It's a radical move in the tradition of Saul Alinsky's philosophy. This kind of political activism is damaging to the entire nation, not just Bush. When this is done to Obama in a few years, how will his supporters react?

    April 16, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Roth-Cincinnati

    Good. Of course there have been 8 years to delete, censor, and/or destroy anything incriminating.

    April 16, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. obama/mama

    Uh oh

    April 16, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Let There Be Light

    Good, let's shed some light on America's dark past during the last 8 years.

    April 16, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Some guy

    Wasn't 8 years of Bush torture enough? Have a nice day!

    April 16, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Keisha M.

    Great call Obama Administraton. Now let's see those memos (and have the appropriate actions taken)

    April 16, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    The flag of democracy flies at half mast.

    April 16, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Kelby

    We will never regain our proper status in the world until or unless the Bush administration is brought to justice. Our silence is consent to war crimes.
    LET JUSTICE BE DONE OR THE HEAVENS WILL FALL

    April 16, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Brian Crooks

    Sounds like a compromise to me. Rather than totally keep everything silent, as the Republicans wanted, they will release some memos and not prosecute the CIA officials who performed the torture. I'm a little iffy on this, because I'm not sure we should offer blanket immunity to those who tortured. The bigger issue, however, is that we prosecute those who AUTHORIZED the torture. Just going after the torturer is a lot like going after the drug user or the corner dealer and letting the kingpin get away.

    April 16, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. yeah right

    Oh wait, I have a suggestion before you do that, how about we here in Texas, send you gov Perry for waterboarding, then please, send him to gitmo ! THANKS

    April 16, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. R in Maine

    Maybe we do not prosecute them, but let's at least waterboard them to encourage their desire to allocute to their past activities.

    April 16, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. DT

    Bout time, now lets see what those retards were up to...

    April 16, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Bill in WI

    good...more transparency...keep it coming...

    next, prosecution...how can we seriously break things like the geneva conventions without suffering any consequences?... maybe this is the the "arrogance" that the right wing complains we DON'T have...or at the least the arrogance we shouldn't admit we have...

    i can't wait until republicans die off...like dinosaurs...just need a big comet to hit south of the mason-dixon line and we'll be good to go...

    April 16, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Rob

    Bet all you Code Pink, lib, anti-Bush freaks are poppin a blood vessel now, since Obama won't sic the lawyer dogs on the CIA for doing their job to keep the US safe.

    Bet you'll have to take an extra turn or two in the bong to help you cope.

    April 16, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. demwit

    Finally the smoking gun!!

    April 16, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Expat American

    Indeed a dark unforgettable and unforgivable Republican chapter in the history of the United States.

    April 16, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. J.P.

    "Administration to release torture documents from Bush era"

    "Torture" documents???

    Wow, can you say "loaded" headline much?

    April 16, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Viet Vet

    OK-Don't prosecute the CIA-they were just following orders thrown down by higher authority-Bush,Cheney, Rumsfeld Prosecute them
    CNN Post this

    April 16, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. barbara

    And in 4 years the new administration can release Obamas memos on terror interrogations. Believe me there will be plenty.

    April 16, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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