American authorities believe torture is necessary to keep America safe from terrorists, but want to avoid being accused of war crimes. So, longstanding US law and the Geneva Conventions were reinterpreted to provide legal cover. Further, policy memos saying most torture is legal were written, and activities associated with torture are shielded from Congressional oversight.
Civil Rights and Discrimination | Human Rights Law
Date of this Version
Clif Bennette, "Human Rights" (November 6, 2006). bepress Legal Series. bepress Legal Series.Working Paper 1868.