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Well he is the man who authored the so called torture memos legal opinions authorizing enhanced interrogation techniques.
Under the Bush Administration.
Last month he was officially cleared of wrongdoing by the Justice Department although he was criticized for using quote poor judgment in authoring those -- Now congress.
Is demanding answers on a batch of -- missing emails congress wanted to see your emails matter about the time you authored these memos.
And the Justice Department has come back saying.
Don't have long.
Now some including some top Democrats are are pointing the finger at you raising questions about.
Perhaps what you did with that do you have anything to do with these missing emails do you know where they are.
No I have no idea what they're talking about and I'm afraid this is another example of the justice department's office of professional responsibility.
And some Democrats in the congress -- chasing your -- yet again to keep fanning these flames conspiracy theories -- -- few hours interviews with.
He's investigators they actually showed me some of my emails during the interview so I don't know why -- suddenly lost them.
But it also shows how little.
These guys understand about how intelligence works that -- the Justice Department email systems actually what we call on security you can't.
Discuss classified information on there.
We actually weren't allowed to send emails to each other about anything involving interrogation.
How do you get to the point as a lawyer.
Even as a layperson -- -- say waterboarding.
Is not torture.
We'll explain the circumstances which is the most important thing to keep in mind -- a few months after the 9/11 attacks.
The CIA capture of -- 34 and five top leaders of al-Qaeda these are guys -- resisting interrogation.
They're trained to resist interrogation.
In they have in their heads.
The information about plots to attack the United States -- the CIA came to us we -- -- just -- didn't make these things up.
People the White House didn't come up -- their own interrogation methods these are things that the CIA.
Came to us with and basically what they used where the kinds of methods we use on our own soldiers to train and -- in the event that -- captured.
As -- waterboarding is not something that was cooked up in the -- Cheney's office or something like that waterboarding.
It's something that we had a lot of information on 20000.
American soldiers and officers had undergone -- and had not suffered.
And he lasting pain -- are suffering so.
When we looked at the statute that congress wrote and looked at that evidence.
We in the Justice Department and a lot of other lawyers to said.
We don't think it amounts to torture because we would not be doing it to our own soldiers otherwise.
Barack Obama has taken a very different approach to the war on terror than President Bush did.
And it eight you know some say that he is he is approaching the war on terror more is that criminal issue then -- a terrorist issue a -- well.
I think I know that from your writings you happen to believe that's -- -- what are your thoughts on a job.
Why I worry that -- and Obama's tradition makes decisions like transferring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the guy who actually came up with the 9/11 attacks.
To New York City for -- civilian court or treats Detroit city Christmas Day bomb are automatically like a criminal defendant.
We are returning back to -- pre September 11 months and that worries me because we're not to be able to get intelligence from the people we capture.
If -- put these people federal trials were gonna have to produce a lot of our own intelligence about what we knew about al-Qaeda.
And then -- worst of all the most important thing and why -- fought this investigation for so long.
It's that we have to make sure our men and women in the field.
Our soldiers our intelligence agents have the full legal authority and freedom to fight the war against al-Qaeda and they shouldn't be worrying about.
And OPR investigations and can you know media hearings this on.
The last thing they need to be doing is worrying about that while they're trying to stay alive on the battlefield and carry the fight -- enemies.
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