"On April 16, 2009, the Justice Department released never-before-seen secret memos describing, in graphic detail, the brutal interrogation techniques used by the CIA under the Bush administration's "war on terror." Now, for the first time, the key documents are compiled in one remarkable volume, showing that the U.S. government's top attorneys were instrumental in rationalizing acts of torture and cruelty ... to authorize what the law absolutely forbids. This collection gives readers an unfiltered look at the tactics approved for use in the CIA's secret overseas prisons ... and at the incredible arguments advanced to give them a green light. Originally issued in secret by the Office of Legal Counsel between 2002 and 2005, the documents collected here have been edited only to eliminate repetition. They reflect, in their own words, the analysis that guided the legal architects of the Bush administration's interrogation policies."--P.  of cover.
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Foreword / by Philippe Sands Introductory commentary : torture law August 1, 2002, Memorandum for Alberto R. Gonzales. Re: standards of conduct for interrogation under 18 U.S.C. [subsection] 2340-2340A August 1, 2002, Memorandum for John Rizzo. Interrogation of al Qaeda operative December 30, 2004, Memorandum for James B. Comey. Re: legal standards applicable under 18 U.S.C. [subsection] 2340-2340A May 10, 2005, Memorandum for John A. Rizzo. Re: application of 18 U.S.C. [subsection] 2340-2340A to certain techniques that may be used in the interrogation of a high value al Qaeda detainee May 10, 2005, Memorandum for John A. Rizzo. Re: application of 18 U.S.C. [subsection] 2340-2340A to the combined use of certain techniques in the interrogation of high value al Qaeda detainees May 30, 2005, Memorandum to John A. Rizzo. Re: application of United States obligations under Article 16 of the Convention against torture to certain techniques that may be used in the interrogation of high value al Qaeda detainees April 22, 2009 Release of declassified narrative describing the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel's opinions on the CIA's detention and interrogation program.