Friday, December 19th, 2014

Sorting out the truth on 'aggressive interrogation'

Newt Gingrich says Democrats didn't change laws on torture, but fails to mention Bush's veto.
Newt Gingrich says Democrats didn't change laws on torture, but fails to mention Bush's veto.

With new details emerging about the Bush administration's policies on "aggressive interrogation" of alleged terrorists, there's been a lively debate about whether the Obama administration should try to prosecute people responsible for the policies.

We examined two claims in the debate:

* Sen. Lindsey Graham's claim that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to suspected terrorists until 2005. We found there is still considerable debate about the policies prior to a 2006 Supreme Court decision, so we rated that one Half True .

* An allegation from MSNBC host Keith Olbermann that New Gingrich had flip-flopped on the subject of torture. We rated that one with our Flip-O-Meter and gave Gingrich a Half Flip .