ACLU Obtains Key Memos Authorizing CIA Torture Methods
New York, NY
Two Central Intelligence Agency memoranda from 2003 and 2004 sought to define permissible interrogation techniques and related procedures. The 2003 memo required the creation of detailed records of individual interrogations of al-Qaeda detainees whenever an "Enhanced Technique" was used, including both the duration of the technique and the names of everyone present. The 2004 memo relayed a determination from the DOJ that "certain interrogation techniques, including 'the waterboard,' did not constitute torture," but advised interrogators of a recent (June 2004) Supreme Court decision regarding detainee rights, and suggested that interrogators' actions could become subject to judicial review.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) received three documents from the government as part of a FOIA lawsuit filed in 2004. Other coverage included the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/25/us/25detain.html) and Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/24/AR2008072403455.html). The judge in the ongoing lawsuit is also considering contempt charges against the CIA for "destroying hundreds of hours of videotape depicting the abusive interrogations of two detainees in its custody."
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A subsequent probe by federal prosecutor John Durham found that the Central Intelligence Agency destroyed 92 videotapes showing harsh interrogation and confinement of terrorism suspects on the November 2005 orders of then-directorate of operations chief Jose A. Rodriguez, Jr. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/02/AR2009030200852_pf.html
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