'What Went Wrong: Torture and the Office of Legal Counsel in the Bush Administration,' Hearing Before the Subcomittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, May 13, 2009   [open pdf - 42MB]

From the opening statement of Sheldon Whitehouse: "Winston Churchill said, 'In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.' The truth of our country's descent into torture is not precious. It is noxious; it is sordid. But it has also been attended by a bodyguard of lies. This hearing is designed to begin a process that will expose some of those lies, that will prepare us to struggle with that sordid truth, and that will examine the battlements of legal authority erected to defend that truth and its bodyguard of lies." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Russel D. Feingold, Dianne Feinstein, Lindsey Graham, Patrick J. Leahy, Jeffrey F. Addicott, David Luban, Ali Soufan, Robert Turner, Philip Zelikow, Matthew Alexander, Emily Berman, Steven Bradbury, Kathleen Clark, Charles J. Cooper, Steven M. Kleinman, David Luban, Tom Malinowski, Elisa Massimino, Mchael Stokes Paulsen, David H. Petraeus, Richard C. Powers, Mike Ritz, Peter M. Shane, and John C. Yoo.

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Serial No. J-111-22; S. Hrg. 111-324; Senate Hearing 111-324
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