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CIA Memo: Guidelines on Interrogations

Jan. 28, 2003 | CIA | ACLU-RDI 4562
This CIA memo provides guidelines on interrogations of detainees, Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. The memo is divided into the following sections: 1) Permissible Interrogation Techniques; 2) Medical and Psychological Personnel; 3) Interrogation Personnel; 4) Approvals Required; and 5) Recordkeeping. Under Enhanced Techniques it states that "Enhanced Techniques are techniques that do incorporate physical or psychological pressure beyond Standard Techniques. The use of each specific Enhanced Technique must be approved by Headquarters in advance, and may be employed only by approved interrogators for use with the specific detainee, with appropriate medical and psychological participation the process." and "Whenever feasible, advance approval is required for the use- of Standard Techniques by an interrogation team."