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


This document (identical to ACLU-RDI 4590, 4592, and 4593) is an undated draft memo from the OLC analyzing whether the CIA interrogation program would violate Article 16 of the Convention Against Torture. The document argues that they do not violate U.S. obligations because the interrogations take place outside of the jurisdiction of the United States. It also concludes that even if the Convention did apply, the CIA interrogation program does not "shock the conscience," and therefore would not violate the CAT. The document states that the interrogation techniques are not "beyond the pale" because SERE techniques are used on U.S. troops during training. [OLC Vaughn Index #112]