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DOJ Memo: Legal Standards of Conduct for Interrogation

Dec. 30, 2004 | OLC | ACLU-RDI 3547
Department of Justice Office of Legal Council on Standards of Conduct for Interrogation under 18 U.S.C. §§ 2340-2340A. This memo superceding the August 2002 memo interpreting the anti-torture statute. The memo disagrees with the previous memo's conclusions that torture is limited to pain equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure and that severe physical suffering could in no circumstances be distinct from severe physical pain under the torture statute. The memo does not, howeover, address the issue of intent.