An anti-torture memo that the Bush administration has been trying to hide from public view for years was finally made public, reported MSNBC's Rachel Maddow (video below) on Wednesday night.
The memo written by then Bush State Department counselor Philip Zelikow advised the Bush Administration that enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, were torture and illegal.
Wired reporter Spencer Ackerman finally obtained the memo, through a Freedom on Information Act request that he made three years ago
However, back in 2010, President Bush told NBC’s Matt Lauer in 2010 that he authorized the use of enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding because his “lawyer said it was legal, said it did not fall within the Anti-Torture Act.”
But Zelikow’s memo warned the Bush Administration in 2006 that the interrogation techniques used on terror suspects by the CIA were “a felony war crime.”
In 2009, Zelikow said that the Bush Administration attempted to collect and destroy all copies of the memo.