Harold Koh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about a January 2002 memo written by Attorney General-nominee Alberto Gonzales when he was White House counsel. He called it the quote, "most legally erroneous opinion I've ever read," end quote, and said it was a stain on U.S. law and on the nation's reputation.
Democrats and some Republicans on the committee said the memo led to the stripping, mocking and threatening of suspects with dogs. Gonzales argued in his memo that the war on terrorism makes the Geneva Convention's strict limits on questioning of enemy prisoners obsolete.
Gonzales condemned torture as an interrogation tactic and promised to prosecute abusers of terror suspects. He said the White House was looking at trying to change the Geneva Convention that protects prisoner rights.
He is expected to win confirmation.
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