April 26th, 2009
10:29 AM ET
6 years ago

There's nothing new in CIA memos, says Jarrett

The CIA memos are grabbing headlines – but they’re not news, says Jarrett.
The CIA memos are grabbing headlines – but they’re not news, says Jarrett.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - There’s nothing new in the interrogation memos whose release has stirred controversy, senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett told CNN Sunday.

The CIA memos described waterboarding and other tough interrogation methods on alleged al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah.

Jarrett said the United States is “a nation of laws,” and the administration had a legal requirement to release the documents.

"The techniques that were being used by the prior administration were well known," she told John King on State of the Union. "When the president came in office, he said we're not going to use those techniques anymore. That's not who we are as a country."

“There’s nothing in these documents that Americans hadn't seen all over the news,” she said, adding that Obama said it was time to release them and “move forward.”

But the president is leaving any prosecution decisions up to the attorney general, she added.


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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Comedy of Errors

    With people like Jarrett, Holder, Geithner in this administration its easy to see why this country is going down the toilet.

    April 26, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Comedy of Errors

    When you wont prosecute 12 million illegal immigrants how can you prosecute anyone for anything? This nation is truly in anarchy when you can pick and choose what to prosecute for whether a law has been broke or not.

    April 26, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. John-Sturgis, S. Dakota

    Prosecutions will likely never occur, but this issue is a torn that has caught the attention of Americans (again). Defense budgets are very large, we should expect more return for our investment because I can get the techniques of American military interrogation techniques through a GoogleSearch. NPR has a story "Waterboarding: A Tortured History" and it shows a woodcut of waterboarding in 1556 AD. Again....the return on our investment has left our modern military/defense departments in the Middle Ages. Hey....what do I know, I'm just a tax payer.

    April 26, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. erika morgan

    Rationalizing is the hallmark of culpability.
    Only approved questions are name, rank and serial number for the purpose of notifying the families that their loved one is out of jeopardy.

    April 26, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. erika morgan

    Rationalizing is the hallmark of culpability.
    Only approved questions are name, rank and serial number for the purpose of notifying the families that their loved one is out of jeopardy.

    The executive branch is by definition the Sherif of the Federal Government, it is their sacred responsibility to investigate all activities and turn those investigations over to the Judiciary if the AG finds them actionable.

    If Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz had not been part of Nixon's coverup and Executive Privilege league we could indeed move only forward but now we must first and foremost re-establish that the Rule of Law applies equally to the powerful and weak and all those in the middle.

    April 26, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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