According to the AP, President-elect Obama will make some modifications, or not, to the rules concerning the techniques that may be used by the military and CIA when questioning prisoners.
The proposal Obama is considering would require all CIA interrogators to follow conduct outlined in the U.S. Army Field Manual, the officials said. The plans would also have the effect of shutting down secret “black site” prisons around the world where the CIA has questioned terror suspects — with all future interrogations taking place inside American military facilities.
That, however, is not the end of the story.
For Obama, who repeatedly insisted during the 2008 presidential campaign and the transition period that “America doesn’t torture,” a classified loophole would allow him to follow through on his promise to end harsh interrogations while retaining a full range of presidential options in conducting the war against terrorism.
This appears to be the proposed position of the new administration: The U.S. will not use torture, or enhanced interrogation techniques, unless it is necessary, and if these techniques are used, it will be authorized secretly.