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OLC Memo: Application of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2340-2340A to Certain Techniques That May Be Used in the Interrogation of a High Value al Qaeda Detainee

May 10, 2005 | OLC | ACLU-RDI 4549

An OLC memo concluding that the CIA’s interrogation techniques do not violate the torture statute if used individually.

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AUTHORING AGENCIES:
RECEIVING AGENCIES:
INCIDENTS OF ABUSE MENTIONED:
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    • A notation that "no detainee has been subjected to more than 180 hours of sleep deprivation, and that sleep deprivation will rarely exceed 120 hours.  To date, only three detainees have been subjected to sleep deprivation for more than 96."  "A detainee subject to sleep deprivation would not be allowed to hang by his wrists, and we understand that no detainee subjected to sleep deprivation to date has been allowed to hang by his wrists or has otherwise suffered injur. [FN] This includes a total of more than 25 detainees subjected to at least some period of sleep deprivation."

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    •  A note that "a medical contraindication may have precluded the use of this particular technique [the waterboard] on [redacted]."