After September 11, 2001, U.S. officials authorized the cruel treatment and torture of prisoners held in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo, and the CIA's secret prisons overseas.

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This is a Cable from the US Mission Geneva about a letter and Questionnaire they received from five (5) special rapporteurs conducting an investigation on Guantanamo detainees. The questionnaire contains forty-five (45) questions under the ...
This DOS Cable is to the US Mission in Geneva Switzerland to respond to the human rights organization Amnesty International with a letter describing the US position concerning the detention & treatment of detainees in the War on Terror.
This DOS Cable is from the US Embassy in Damascus, Syria to the DOS Washington with a summary of media reactions in Damascus to US policies & other matters.
This DOS Cable is from the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan to the DOS Washington with a summary of media reactions in Islamabad US policies & other matters.
This DOS Cable is from the US Embassy in Damascus, Syria to the DOS Washington with a summary of media reactions in Damascus to US policies & other matters.
This DOS Cable is from the US Embassy in Brussels, Belgium to the DOS Washington with a summary of media reactions in Brussels US policies & other matters.
This DOS Cable is from the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan to the DOS Washington with a summary of media reactions in Pakistan to US policies & other matters.
State Department Cable Subject: Transfer of Detainees to Guantanamo, March 21, 2003. No further information or content
Dec. 30, 2004
Cable
Richard A. Boucher

State Department cable originating from the embassy in Baghdad describing CPA Administrator Paul Bremer's meeting with Samarra community leaders. Their meeting included discussions of concerns over security and treatment of detainees in Iraq.

May 27, 2008
Cable
L. Paul Bremer
DOS Cable regarding a letter from Special Rapporteur on Torture, Theo van Boven, to Ambassador Bremen regarding the detention of four individuals in Basra, Iraq. The letter reports that the detainees are being held incommunicado by the UK ...
Nov. 23, 2004
Cable
Colin L. Powell
L. Paul Bremer, Colin L. Powell, Thomas A. Johnson