Ashcroft defiant on abuse memo / Democrats accuse Bush of redefining law on interrogations: “Washington — Attorney General John Ashcroft told Congress Tuesday that he would not release a 2002 policy memo on the degree of pain and suffering legally permitted during enemy interrogations but said he knows of no presidential order that would allow al Qaeda captives to be tortured by U.S. personnel.

Angry Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee called on Ashcroft to provide the document, saying portions that have appeared in news reports suggest the Bush administration is reinterpreting U.S. law and the Geneva conventions prohibiting torture.”

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