After September 11, 2001, U.S. officials authorized the cruel treatment and torture of prisoners held in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo, and the CIA's secret prisons overseas.

This database documents the U.S. government's official experiment with those techniques. At present, the database contains well over 100,000 pages of government documents obtained primarily through Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the ACLU. To learn more about the database, please read the About and Search Help pages. If you're a developer, you can also access this data through our API.

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This photo most likely depicts the injured leg of Manadel Al-Jamadi, an Iraqi man captured by Navy SEALs in November 2003 and tortured and killed by CIA interrogators at the Abu Ghraib prison. The gruesome details of Al-Jamadi’s abuse and killing ...
Feb. 05, 2016
Photograph
Manadel Al-Jamadi
Physical assault
This photo relates to the case of a “high value” Iraqi detainee, who, according to a report by The Constitution Project, was Ibrahim Khalid Samir al-Ani, a Baathist intelligence officer wrongly accused of having met with 9/11 hijacker Mohammed ...
Feb. 05, 2016
Photograph
Physical assault, General, Stress positions, Cramped confinement
This document is a lengthy email from a FBI agent who repeatedly expresses discomfort with FBI interrogation methods. He reports being "placed in a very precarious situation" and "asked to do something I fest was wrong given what FBI agents can ...
This document is the CIA's response to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program. "The comments presented in this paper on The Senate Select Committee on ...
Fax to Ashley Deeks regarding the rough agenda for the November 29, 2006 interagency meeting regarding High Value Detainees.
Oct. 31, 2014
Chart/List
Benjamin Powell
Ashley Deeks
This letter from the Director of National Intelligence to Jameel Jeffer of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a response to the ACLU's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of December 9, 2008.
Oct. 31, 2014
Letter
Jennifer Hudson
Jameel Jaffer
Jennifer Hudson
Faxed memorandum from Benjamin Powell to Distribution regarding a November 29, 2006 meeting where representatives from the NSC, DOD, State Department, DOJ, CIA, and ODNI met to discuss security issues concerning the 14 High Value Detainees being ...
Oct. 31, 2014
Non-legal Memo
Benjamin Powell
Ashley Deeks
Ashley S. Deeks
This document expresses the minority views of Vice Chairman Chambliss and Senators Burr, Risch, Coats, Rubio, and Coburn written in response to the full Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program. ...

DOD PowerPoint presentation on the detainee population, detention procedures, prosecutions, and transition issues in Iraq. The presentation provides the nationalities and numbers of detainees held, as well as other information about the ...

Jan. 14, 2014
Other
L. Paul Bremer
This map represents the locations of Non-US Coalition Forces in Iraq in July 2004. There is a legend on the second page.