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  New Yorker Magazine Reports: Rumsfeld Okayed Abuse Techniques
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DescriptionNEW YORK (AP) Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the expansion of a secret program that encouraged physical coercion and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners to obtain intelligence about the growing insurgency in Iraq, The New Yorker reported Saturday.
Rumsfeld made the decision last year when he broadened a Pentagon operation from the hunt for Al Qaeda in Afghanistan to interrogation of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, according to the report, which cited unnamed current and former intelligence officials and was published on the magazine's Web site. (Related item:The New Yorker story)

The program got approval from President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, and Bush was informed of its existence, the officials told New Yorker reporter Seymour Hersh.
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