Critics: Key Memos on U.S. Torture Policy Withheld

Key documents are missing from the batch of newly declassified documents the White House released this week on its policies on torture and the treatment of prisoners, critics say. Absent are any memos to and from the FBI and CIA and any documents dated after April 2003. No documents address the State Department's concern over the Bush administration's interpretation of the Geneva Conventions. Hear NPR's Jackie Northam.

Documents on Detainees
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:

DOD Documents
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



DOJ Documents
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.)


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