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DOS Cable re: Talking Points for Addressing Questions Concerning Detainees Under U.S. Control: Non-Use of Torture or Other Cruel Punishment

Mar. 18, 2003 | DOS | ACLU-RDI 4326
This DOS cable is to provide guidance in addressing questions concerning the treatment of detainees under U.S. control. The cable states that the U.S. Anticipates Receiving Questions About Torture During the Current Session of the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. "The U.S. does nto permit, tolerate, or condone torture… Torture is a violation of U.S. law. Allegations of torture are thoroughly investigated... Detainees in U.S. control get excellent medical care... All detainees are treated consistent with applicable U.S. law and International law against torture...In any cases where the U.S. transfers detainees to other countries for detention, we seek and receive assurances that detainees will not be tortured... the U.S. armed forces have treated, and will continue to treat, all individuals detained at Guantanamo humanely and, to the extent appropriate and consistent with military necessity, in a manner consistent with the principles of the Third Geneva Convention of 1949... even though the Guantanamo detainees are not entitled to POW rights and privileges, they are provided... many privileges similar to POWs." "The Guantanamo detainees are not subjected to physical or mental abuse or cruel treatement."