There are two Jay Bybee torture memos written on the same day.

If you are interested in getting into the Bybee memos regarding interrogations, you may be interested to know that there were two memos signed by then Assistant Attorney General Jay S. Bybee on August 1, 2002. He was head of the Office of Legal Counsel, of the Department of Justice at the time.  The Internet stories I have read talk about the August 1st memo, without seeming to recognize that there are two quite different significant memos written on that date.

One memo was written to Alberto R. Gonzalez, Counsel to the President. It deals with legal interpretations of the rules governing the interrogation of terrorists.  It’s pretty heavy going.

The other one was written to John Rizzo, Acting General Counsel of the CIA. It deals with specific techniques to be used in the interrogation of al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah.

Because it discussing the techniques to be used against a specific person, it is  a significantly more dramatic reading.

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