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THE Bush Administration explicitly endorsed the use of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods against al-Qaeda suspects in a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004, The Washington Post reports.
The previously undisclosed classified memos were requested by then CIA Director George Tenet more than a year after the start of the secret interrogations, the newspaper reported, citing Administration and intelligence officials familiar with the documents.
Repeated requests by the CIA chief for a paper trail reflected growing worries within the agency that the Administration might later distance itself from decisions about the handling of captured al-Qaeda leaders, the Post said, citing former intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.