The Top Ten Torture Documents You Need to Read

Document 1A-C: The Torture Memos

A: Memorandum for William J. Haynes II, General Counsel, Department of Defense, from John Yoo, "Application of Treaties and Laws to al Qaeda and Taliban Detainees", 9 January 2002, Classification Unknown
B: Memorandum for John Rizzo, Acting General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency, from Jay S. Bybee, "Interrogation of al Qaeda Operative", 1 August 2002, Top Secret, excised copy
C: Memorandum for Alberto R. Gonzales, Counsel to the President, from Jay S. Bybee, "Re: Standards of Conduct for Interrogation under 18 U.S.C. 2340-2340A", 1 August 2002, Classification Unknown, excised copy

Source: A. Leaked. Referenced in "Double Standards?" by Michael Isikoff, Newsweek, May 25, 2004. Obtained from the Newsweek website at www.newsweek.com.
Source B: Department of Justice Release April 17, 2009.
Source C: White House Release June 22, 2004. Obtained from The Washington Post website at www.washingtonpost.com.


Document 2: Action Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld from William J. Haynes II, "Counter-Resistance Techniques", 27 November 2002, Secret

Source: White House Release June 22, 2004. Obtained from The Washington Post website at www.washingtonpost.com.


Document 3: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Legal Analysis of Interrogation Techniques, 27 November 2002, Unclassified, excised copy

Source: FOIA Request by the National Security Archive


Document 4: Joint Task Force Guantanamo "SERE" Interrogation Standard Operating Procedure, "Guidelines for Employing "SERE" Techniques during Detainee Interrogations", 10 December 2002, For Official Use Only

Source: Leaked to Washington Media Associates.


Document 5: Central Intelligence Agency, Office of the Inspector General, Special Review: Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities (September 2001-October 2003), 7 May 2004, Top Secret, excised copy

Source: ACLU FOIA Request. Released August 24, 2009.


Document 6: Central Intelligence Agency, Email to Dusty Foggo, "Short backgrounder", 10 November 2005, Secret, excised copy

Source: ACLU FOIA Request. Released April 15, 2010.


Document 7: Department of State Internal Memorandum by Philip D. Zelikow, "The McCain Amendment and U.S. Obligations under Article 16 of the Convention Against Torture", 15 February 2006, Top Secret, excised copy

Source: FOIA request by the National Security Archive


Document 8: ICRC Report on the Treatment of Fourteen "High Value Detainees" in CIA Custody, February 2007, Confidential

Source: Leaked. Referenced in "Tales from Torture's Dark World" by Mark Danner, The New York Times, March 14, 2009.


Document 9: Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, A Review of the FBI's Involvement in and Observations of Detainee Interrogations in Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and Iraq, May 2008, Unclassified, excised copy

Source: Department of Justice Release May 20, 2008.


Document 10: Central Intelligence Agency, KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation, July 1963, Secret, excised copy

Source: FOIA Request by Jeffrey Kaye April 2014


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