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Letter: The credibility gap on torture

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We don't do torture, according to President George Bush.

Then why did his good friend Alberto Gonzales as White House counsel go to the Justice Department in 2002 to get a ruling as to the extent of the president's authority to permit "extreme interrogation practices"? When the memorandum came with the definition of torture as "physical pain of an intensity akin to that which accompanies serious physical injury such as death or organ failure," why wasn't it rejected immediately?

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