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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Executive Summary discussing the U.S. Southern Command's request to use additional interrogation techniques. On April 16, 2003, the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, approved the following techniques: change of scenery down, which was ...
DOD interview of a FBI Special Agent, the interviewee was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO) from February 2002 to February 2003 as a FBI Special Agent. The Special Agent stated that he/she heard of military interrogators impersonating FBI ...
DOD interview of FBI Behavioral Specialist who toured though Guantanamo from October 21, 2002 though January 7, 2003. The Behavioral Specialist stated that he did not see the use of Military Working Dogs (MWDs) but did hear detainees complaining ...
Jan. 02, 2007
Interview (Statement)
John T. Furlow
John T. Furlow, Geoffrey D. Miller
Physical assault, General, Sexual, Environmental manipulation, Temperature
DOD interview of a former Staff Judge Advocate regarding her knowledge of detainee abuse at Guantanamo (GTMO). The former SJA was stationed at GTMO from June 2002 to June 2003. The former SJA recalled learning of an incident where a detainee's ...
Jan. 02, 2007
Interview (Statement, Summaries/Notes)
Glenn A. Crowther, Michael E. Dunlavey , Donald H. Rumsfeld, Geoffrey D. Miller
Environmental manipulation, Temperature, Other Humiliation, Sexual, Other
Telephonic interview of former Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) interrogator. The interrogator was assigned to GTMO for two months, February and March of 2003 and stated that during that time she did not witness any incidents she believed were inconsistent ...
Jan. 02, 2007
Interview (Summaries/Notes)
Stress positions, Environmental manipulation, Light or sound, Temperature, Other Humiliation
Interview of FBI Supervisory Special Agent in Charge (SSAC) on their knowledge of detainee abuse at Guantanamo Bay (GTMO). The SSAC was assigned to GTMO on two separate occasions, the first was from June 25, 2002 to August 2002 and from August ...
This email is a response to a Bureau wide memo sent by Steve McCraw to illicit information from FBI agents who toured through Guantanamo Bay to report any suspected or witnessed abuse of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. This FBI agent states that he ...
Jan. 02, 2007
Non-legal Memo, Email
Steven C. McCraw
Stress positions, Isolation, Dietary manipulation, Environmental manipulation, Light or sound, Temperature, Other
These emails are a response to for a request for feedback from FBI agents who have cycled through Guantanamo and witnessed detainee abuse. An agent responded and wrote "I did observe treatment that was not only aggressive, but personally very ...
Handwritten notes on observations of detainee interrogations at Camp Delta, Guantanamo. The FBI agent notes that he saw a detainee "chained hand/foot" in a fetal position; detainees urinated & defecated upon themselves; and the temperature of the ...
This memo is a response to a Bureau wide memo sent by Steve McCraw to illicit information from FBI agents who toured through Guantanamo Bay from February 10 to March 27- 2003. He does not have anything to report concerning any suspected or ...
Jan. 02, 2007
Non-legal Memo, Email
Steven C. McCraw
Isolation, Environmental manipulation, Temperature, Other