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Leon Panetta and the Nuremberg Defense

“I believe that water-boarding is torture and that it’s wrong. More importantly, the President has expressed the same opinion. Having said that, I also believe, as the President has indicated, that those individuals who operated pursuant to a legal opinion that indicated that that was proper and legal ought not to be prosecuted or investigated.” – Leon Panetta at his Confirmation Hearing as CIA Director before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, February 5, 2009. “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, Read more