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Torture: I’m talking to Yoo

Atrocities happen in war — got it. We have the military chain of command and justice system to handle those violations. So the goal should be to go after those who crossed the line and made torture official policy. That was wrong, and I think illegal.  SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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Atrocities happen in war -- got it. We have the military chain of command and justice system to handle those violations. So the goal should be to go after those who crossed the line and made torture official policy. That was wrong, and I think illegal. 

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Atrocities happen in war — got it. We have the military chain of command and justice system to handle those violations. So the goal should be to go after those who crossed the line and made torture official policy. That was wrong, and I think illegal. 

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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