The US Supreme Court will decide whether senior Bush administration officials were responsible for detainee mistreatment after 9/11.
The Supreme Court agrees to examine if high-level officials can be sued for harsh policies.
The president is likely to veto a bill outlawing such harsh interrogation methods, but the debate goes on.
The group's reputation has fallen in the Muslim world. But Western recruits who can more easily enter the US are being trained in Pakistan camps, intelligence officials say.