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Torture architect John Rizzo is still serving as the CIA’s acting general counsel.

By Amanda Terkel  

"Torture architect John Rizzo is still serving as the CIA’s acting general counsel."


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One of the important players in developing the Bush administration’s interrogation program was CIA General Counsel John Rizzo. Rizzo was part of a group of Bush administration lawyers that pushed for the authorization of torture. So what is Rizzo doing now? Marcy Wheeler notes that he is still serving as acting general counsel at the CIA:


On April 16, President Obama nominated attorney Stephen Preston, although he has not yet been approved by the Senate. Rizzo was never able to move beyond his acting title and become the agency’s general counsel; the White House had to withdraw his nomination because of protests from key senators and human rights groups.

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