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Terrorism / Policy Shift / Prosecution / A Discussion (Part I) #929880

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The policy shift by President Obama on prosecuting those starting the policy of using harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects reviewed; animation of waterboarding shown.

(Washington: Ed Henry) The issue of torture policies examined; details given from the memo from national intelligence director Dennis Blair about high-value information yielded from such interrogations & the price the US paid. The possibility of the prosecution of former members of President Bush's administration {like John Yun & Jay Bybee} who created the interrogation policy noted. [OBAMA - speaks on the accounting of this matter.] [In response to reporter's question, White House press secretary Robert GIBBS†- comments briefly.] The flack for Obama from the left & the right on the interrogation & memos issues noted. [Former Vice President Dick CHENEY - says reports show what we gained.] The questions of whether more documents should be declassified & made public to determine the success of the use of these techniques in gaining information about the structure of Al Qaeda discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier discussion held with former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer & Democratic strategist Paul Begala about the interrogations issues. [FLEISCHER - outlines the reasons for not prosecuting a prior administration: that a Pandora's box will be opened; offers his view on "harsh" interrogation techniques.] [BEGALA - says Obama was compelled by law to release the memos.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Henry, Ed

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