Podcast: CIA Torture, the Senate Report and the Law


In December, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, finding that the CIA engaged in unlawful torture, cover-ups, wrongful detention and unauthorized dissemination of classified information. This week on the legal affairs podcast Lawyer 2 Lawyer, we discuss the legal and policy issues surrounding the Senate report and the CIA’s program. Joining us are three guests:

  • Professor Mark P. Denbeaux is director of the Seton Hall Law School Center for Policy and Research and oversaw publication of an internationally recognized series of reports on the Guantánamo Bay detention camp. Professor Denbeaux’s interest in the conditions of detainment arose during his representation of multiple detainees including Abu Zubaydah, who was held in a CIA dark site, as well as two Tunisian detainees from Guantanamo.
  • Horace Cooper is co-chairman for Project 21’s National Advisory Board and adjunct fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research. In addition to having taught constitutional law at George Mason University, Mr. Cooper was general counsel to U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey.
  • Patrick G. Eddington is a policy analyst in Homeland Security and Civil Liberties at the Cato Institute. A former senior policy advisor to U.S. Rep. Rush Holt from New Jersey, Mr. Eddington’s legislative portfolio includes security, intelligence, and detainee interrogation issues.

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