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Earlier today Obama’s crew hinted that they may not be as strict on torture as they said they were going to be during the election.  Of course during the course of the 2008 election the media castigated McCain for wanting to have a bit more flexibility in some cases by not having the Army Field Manual be the overall standard for the definition torture.

Although Obama issued a statement during the campaign supporting the idea of applying the Army field manual interrogation standard to all agencies, not just the Pentagon, a senior campaign adviser to Obama left the door open to applying another standard.

“He [believes] torture not be allowed in any form or fashion in any part of the federal government, and he would make sure that was the case,” said John Brennan, who served under former CIA chief George J. Tenet in a variety of capacities at a time when the agency has since acknowledged it waterboarded a small number of terror suspects.

“Whether the Army field manual is comprehensive enough to cover all those tactics and techniques, that’s something I think he’d look to his national security advisers for,” Brennan said in an interview with CQ in August.

The Wall Street Journal, citing a “current government official familiar with the transition,” reported this week that “Obama may decide he wants to keep the road open in certain cases for the CIA to use techniques not approved by the military, but with much greater oversight.”

I think it actually the right move for Obama to take, but I wonder how the media will react, will he get a free pass like he has been getting all year?


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