June 14, 2009 1:21 AM

Commentary: A doctor's notes on torture

What is too much pain? This is the question that Bush administration lawyers answered when they legalized now-infamous interrogation techniques. As a former federal counterterrorism official, I followed the recent release of Justice Department interrogation memos with interest. Despite numerous readings I still can't understand them. How could these memos guide interrogators? As a physician, I found statements that defied reason. Experiences with patients contradict statements in the memos.

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