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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Fax to Ashley Deeks regarding the rough agenda for the November 29, 2006 interagency meeting regarding High Value Detainees.
Oct. 31, 2014
Benjamin Powell
Ashley Deeks
Faxed memorandum from Benjamin Powell to Distribution regarding a November 29, 2006 meeting where representatives from the NSC, DOD, State Department, DOJ, CIA, and ODNI met to discuss security issues concerning the 14 High Value Detainees being ...
Oct. 31, 2014
Non-legal Memo
Benjamin Powell
Ashley Deeks
Ashley S. Deeks
This heavily redacted cable discusses a meeting at Embassy Suva to discuss a relocation/asylum proposal. The memo also discusses a meeting between Ambassador McGann and New Zealand High Commissioner to Kiribati Robert Kawai to discuss assistance ...
May 15, 2012
American Embassy Suva
C. Steven McGann

A State Department memo addressing whether Article 16 of the Convention Against Torture applies to the CIA's interrogations in foreign countries. The State Department determined that the prohibitions against torture do apply, despite its ...

DOS Cable from the US Embassy New Deli, India to DOS Washington re: Media Reactions June 10-12, 2006. The Cable includes a summary of media reactions under the following headings: Guantánamo Bay- "US is under pressure to defend 3 jail suicides", ...
DOS Cable from the US Embassy New Delhi, India to DOS Washington, re: Media Reactions June 17-19, 2006. The Cable includes sixteen (16) news articles from Indian New outlets and features the headline Global War on Terror, with several news ...
This DOS Cable from U.S. Geneva Mission to DOS Washington contains a letter from Special Rapporteurs regarding the health and detention conditions of Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility detainees, and specifically, Samil al-Haj, a national of Sudan ...
Oct. 28, 2011
Legal Memo, Cable, Letter
Samil Al-Haj
This DOS Cable from the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan to the DOS Washington describes the Pakistani news coverage of matters concerning US policy, and matters of interest to the US government for August 2006.
This document is a State Department Cable to Embassies discussing the apparent suicide of three (3) Guantanamo Bay detainees on June 10, 2006. The Detainees: Yasser Al Zahrani; Mana Shaman Allabardi Al Tabi; and Ali Abdullah Ahmed each apparently ...
This DOS letter concerns the DOS's Accountability Review Board Review inquiry in to the Deaths of seven (7) Personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Oct. 28, 2011
Letter, Other
Harry K. Thompson