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.

This database documents the U.S. government's official experiment with torture. At present, the database contains well over 100,000 pages of government documents obtained primarily through Freedom of Information Act litigation and requests filed by the ACLU, and through litigation of Salim v. Mitchell, a lawsuit brought by the ACLU on behalf of the survivors and the family of a dead victim of the CIA torture program. To learn more about the database, please read the About and Search Help pages. If you're a developer, you can also access this data through our API.

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This is a sworn statement by a Lieutenant Colonel with the 320th Military Police Battalion concerning his deployment to, and experience at Abu Ghraib prison. "It became obvious to me that the majority of our detainees were detained as the result ...
Mar. 03, 2005
Interview (Statement)
Thomas Pappas, Ricardo Sanchez, Janis Leigh Karpinski, Barbara G. Fast
This sworn statement by a Army major assigned to Iraq from March - November 2003. The Major, who is a NYPD officer in civilian life, states that he was nominally trained on the Rules of Engagement (ROE) and relied on his civilian training to ...
Mar. 03, 2005
Investigative File, Interview (Statement, Summaries/Notes)
Anthony R. Jones, Ricardo Sanchez, Barbara G. Fast
This sworn statement of a Major assigned to Iraq in March 2003 discusses his understanding and experience at Abu Ghraib prison and the condition he found. The Major was a member of the Combined Joint Task Force at Abu Ghraib prison and he ...
Mar. 03, 2005
Investigative File, Interview (Statement)
Barbara G. Fast, Ricardo Sanchez, Janis Leigh Karpinski, Thomas Pappas, Geoffrey D. Miller
Interviewee was the Deputy Commander of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade at the end of July 2003 in AG. Sworn statement included the following incidents, first, involved a "A/519th soldiers who conducted inappropriate interrogations of a ...
Mar. 03, 2005
Interview (Transcript)
Thomas Pappas, Geoffrey D. Miller, Ricardo Sanchez, George R. Fay
Use of phobias, Nudity
Interviewee was assigned to AG as an Assistant with the 325th Military Intelligence Brigade. Stated: "There was an extraordinary amount of pressure from the chain of command to get results. . . . They would raid a house and take everyone. They ...
Mar. 03, 2005
Interview (Statement)
Steven Boltz, Barbara G. Fast, Ricardo Sanchez, Geoffrey D. Miller, Janis Leigh Karpinski, Walter Wojdakowski, Colonel Summers
Other
Sworn statement by 97B counterintelligence agent stating the he "overheard someone making a statement about a detainee dying while being interrogated by an Other Government Agency (OGA) official. The OGA then packed the detainee in ice and ...
Mar. 03, 2005
Interview (Transcript)
Thomas Pappas, Ricardo Sanchez
Physical assault, Other
Interviewee was in AG on or around December 20, 2003. Recalled hearing unusual sounds coming from the segregation hole in the isolation wing. Recalled hearing the detainee being hit or falling. Stated he/she and [redacted]were uncomfortable ...
Mar. 03, 2005
Interview (Transcript, Questionnaire)
Ricardo Sanchez, Thomas Pappas
Physical assault, General, Sleep deprivation, Isolation, Dietary manipulation
Interviewee was assigned to AG as the deputy commander for Joint Interrogation Debriefing Center. Recalled telling COL Pappas of the OGA's activities, they would drop off detainees without prior notice, would not let the interviewee and others ...
Mar. 03, 2005
Interview (Transcript)
Thomas Pappas, Geoffrey D. Miller, Ricardo Sanchez, Barbara G. Fast
Use of phobias, Other
Interviewee worked in in-screeing and interrogation operations. Recalled an incident at Camp Cropper Baghdad International Airport, where interrogators with teh 519th MI Brigade put a detainee in a stress position, he was on his knees with his ...
Mar. 03, 2005
Interview (Transcript)
Thomas Pappas, George R. Fay, Ricardo Sanchez
Physical assault, Stress positions, Use of phobias, Sleep deprivation, Isolation, Nudity, Other Humiliation
This statement of an Army Major (0-4) who was a member of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, V Corps in Iraq after February 2004 described the general operating procedures of the various intelligence detention facilities, including Abu ...
Mar. 03, 2005
Interview (Statement)
Geoffrey D. Miller, Thomas Pappas, Ricardo Sanchez, Janis Leigh Karpinski, Barbara G. Fast
Use of phobias, Sleep deprivation, Other Humiliation