President Bush signed an executive order Friday prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment, including humiliation or denigration of religious beliefs, in the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects..
The White House declined to say whether the CIA currently has a detention and interrogation program, but said that if it did it must adhere to the guidelines outlined in the executive order. The order targets captured al-Qaida terrorists who have information on attack plans or the whereabouts of the group's senior leaders.
CIA Director Michael Hayden said on Friday it provides clarity for CIA interrogators and other agency officials worried about the legal liabilities of their involvement in secret detention operations.
Why the clarification if there was never a problem to begin with?