Zelikow testifies White House ordered anti-torture memo destroyed
On Wednesday, May 12, UVA history professor Philip Zelikow testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his role in the internal debates in the Bush Administration over whether the Central Intelligence Agency should use torture techniques such as waterboarding on prisoners captured in the war on terror. Zelikow told the committee [pdf] that in February 2006, nearly a year after resigning his post as director of UVA's Miller Center of Public Affairs to serve as State Department Counselor under President Bush, he issued a memo advising against such tactics on legal grounds. According to Zelikow, White House officials told him "that copies of my memo should be collected and destroyed." Zelikow reported that the request "did not seem appropriate and I ignored it." Instead, he filed the memo in the State Department archives, where it is presently classified. Zelikow would leave the State Department and return to UVA to teach in 2007.
–photo courtesy the State Department