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 document is testimony given by Steven Bradbury, acting Assistant Attorney General of the OLC before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The testimony contains Mr. Bradbury's summary of the four legal standards that apply to the ...
Aug. 31, 2016
Interview (Statement)
Steven G. Bradbury
Steven G. Bradbury
This document is the CIA's response to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program. "The comments presented in this paper on The Senate Select Committee on ...

This letter from CIA Director George Tenet to Pat Roberts, Chairman of the U.S. Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence, alerts Roberts of the enclosed CIA Inspector General's memo on the death of Iraqi detainee Manadal Al-Jamaidi.

Mar. 15, 2013
George Tenet
Charles Patrick "Pat" Roberts
George J. Tenet, Pat Roberts, John D. Rockefeller, IV
Manadel Al-Jamadi
Background paper on redacted subject sent by Stanley M. Moskowitz, Director of Congressional Affairs at the CIA. Cover letters identify recipients of paper as congressional staffers Michael W. Sheehy, Tim Sample, Al Cumming, and Bill Duhnke, and ...

This memo from the CIA's Inspector General, John L. Helgerson, notifies members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives of investigations into the deaths of Manadal al-Jamaidi and Avid Hamad Mahawish Al-Malalawi in Iraq.

This document is a Department of State Congressional Correspondence Tasker.
Oct. 28, 2011
Legal Memo
Paul V. Kelly
Paul V. Kelly
Discussion of Geneva Convention. Illustrates points where Iraq has violated the Convention.

 A CRS report analyzing the law relating to the detention of two American citizens (Yaser Hamdi and Jose Padilla) as alleged "enemy combatants."

General Kern testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the detainee abuse that occurred at Abu Ghraib prison. Gen. Kern stated "We set our course to find truth, not to “whitewash” or to convict those who are not incriminated". And ...
Statement from the Army regarding allegations of abuse at Abu Ghraib (two versions). Army as Executive Agent for Detainee Operations provided talking points regarding contract interrogator standards, interrogation training improvements, and Army ...
Dec. 31, 2004
Interview (Transcript)
Isaac Newton Skelton IV, Romie Leslie Brownlee, John Warner, Carl Levin
Physical assault, General