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OLC Memo: undated draft analyzing CIA's interrogation program under the Convention Against Torture


An undated draft memo analyzing whether the CIA's detention and interrogation program violates the Convention Against Torture, and concluding that it does not. The memo acknowledges that it is a "close question," but concludes that, because the interrogations are applied to only a select number of detainees and always in conformity with medical safeguards, the interrogations do not shock the conscience. The memo states that "given the vague nature of the shocks-the-conscience test and the lack of precedent in this context, we cannot predict with confidence whether a court would agree with our analysis." 

This memo is a lengthier version of a similar memo produced by the government (see the related documents linked on the right). [OLC Vaughn Index #163]