April 17, 2009 |
Justice Department documents released yesterday offer the fullest account to date of Bush administration interrogation tactics, including previously unacknowledged strategies of slamming a prisoner into a wall and placing an insect near a detainee terrified of bugs. Authorities said they will not prosecute CIA officers who used harsh interrogation techniques with the department's legal blessing. But in a carefully worded statement, they left open the possibility that operatives and higher-level administration officials could face jeopardy if...
April 2, 2008
Excerpts from the Justice Department's 2003 memo on interrogation rules: "Customary international law is not federal law and . . . the president is free to override it at his discretion. " For the use of drugs to be illegal, "they must produce an extreme effect. " To constitute a prohibited act, "a threat of death alone is insufficient; the threat must indicate that death is 'imminent.' " "Employing a shove or slap as part of an interrogation would not run afoul" of legal standards.
May 6, 2011
I understand Marc A. Thiessen's desire for vindication for the Bush administration's use of torture [" A medal, not an inquest ," op-ed, May 5]. Compassion for those who committed the atrocities is not unwarranted, as it was the commander in chief, the secretary of defense and the vice president who authorized the use of torture on detainees. Nonetheless, it can never be proved that any intelligence of use that may have been elicited under or after torture could not also have been secured using ethical means.
August 22, 2009 |
CIA interrogators used a handgun and an electric drill to try to frighten a captured al-Qaeda commander into giving up information, according to a long-concealed agency report due to be made public next week, former and current U.S. officials who have read the document said Friday. The tactics -- which one official described Friday as a threatened execution -- were used on Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, according to the CIA's inspector general's report on the agency's interrogation program.
May 15, 2012 |
CHARLOTTESVILLE — In May of his senior year, with his lacrosse season behind him and his graduation from the University of Virginia just weeks away, George Huguely V sat in an interrogation room, his black "Police World Tour 2008" band shirt stark against the white-painted cinder-block wall, his beefy hands resting on the wood-laminate table. Over 64 minutes on May 3, 2010, a video camera captured Huguely taking two detectives step by step through his final argument with his ex-girlfriend,...
May 22, 2008 |
Five years ago, as troubling reports emerged about the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a career lawyer at the Justice Department began a long and relatively lonely campaign to alert top Bush administration officials to a strategy he considered "wrongheaded. " Bruce C. Swartz, a criminal division deputy in charge of international issues, repeatedly questioned the effectiveness of harsh interrogation tactics at White House meetings of a special group formed to decide detainee matters, with...