The White House releases hundreds of pages of documents that it says lay out the administration's policies on interrogation methods to be used on foreign detainees suspected of having terrorist ties.
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The Bush administration has released a series of documents on the status and treatment of detainees captured in Afghanistan and in the war on terrorism. Below are some of those memos:
Jan. 19, 2002, Memo from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the Status of Taliban and al Qaida Detainees
Oct. 11, 2002, Defense Dept. Joint Task Force Memo on Interrogation Techniques
Oct. 25, 2002, U.S. Southern Command Memo Endorsing Joint Task Force Recommendations on Interrogation Techniques
Dec. 2, 2002, Rumsfeld Memo Approving Interrogation Techniques
Jan. 15, 2003, Rumsfeld Memo on Establishing a Working Group on Interrogation Issues
April 16, 2003, Rumsfeld Memo Approving Interrogation Techniques for Detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Jan. 22, 2002, Justice Dept. Memo to White House, Defense Dept. on Effect of International Treaties, U.S. Laws on Taliban, Al Qaeda Detainees in Afghanistan
Feb. 1, 2002, Letter from Attorney General John Ashcroft to President Bush on Afghanistan Detainees
Feb. 7, 2002, DOJ Memo to the White House on the Status of Taliban Forces Under the Geneva Convention
Feb. 26, 2002, DOJ Memo to the Defense Dept. on Interrogation of Afghanistan Detainees
Aug. 1, 2002, DOJ Letter to the White House on Interrogation Methods in the War on Terrorism
Aug. 1, 2002, DOJ Memo to the White House on Standards of Conduct Under U.S. Law (Bush aides have subsequently disavowed this memo.)
Administration officials say they wanted to make public the discussion that led to the government's stand on interrogation. The White House says the documents show a policy of treating detainees humanely.
But critics note the absence of any memos from the State Department, which analysts say expressed grave concerns about the administration's interpretation of the Geneva Conventions.
The release of the documents follows the negative publicity the White House has received over the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. NPR's Jackie Northam reports.