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Tonight on AC360°, a dramatic change at the White House. President Obama is now leaving it up to his Attorney General to decide whether to prosecute Bush administration officials who drew up policies allowing alleged torture of terror suspects.
Pres. Obama still doesn't think CIA officers should be prosecuted for using the interrogation techniques he has since banned.
But he worries about the debate turning political.
"I think it's very important for the American people to feel as if this is not being dealt with to provide one side or another political advantage, but rather is being done in order to learn some lessons so that we move forward in an effective way." said Pres. Obama today.
Obama's comments come five days after his administration released four Bush-era memos detailing interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, which stimulates drowning.
As Tom Foreman reported last night on AC360°, CIA officers used waterboarding at least 266 times on two top al Qaeda suspects. Pres. Obama considers waterboarding torture.
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We're also getting new information on the medical student accused of being the so-called 'Craigslist killer.' Philip Markoff was in court today, where a not guilty plea was entered in his behalf. Police say he killed a woman and attacked and robbed another - after finding them through Craigslist. His fiance says police have the "wrong man."
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