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 moderately redacted cable which summarizes the mechanics and legal basis for use of enhanced interrogation techniques on detainees. The cable states that "our attorneys have presented our legal analysis to the legal adviser to the NSC, ...
The memo states its purpose to be to request SAC authority to open captioned full field investigation in to accusations that officials of the Executive branch are engaged in public corruption. It provides enclosure(s): (1) original and (2) one ...
Dec. 15, 2004
Non-legal Memo
Thomas G. Kinnally, Kathleen E. Kennedy
Email from Peter B. Owen requests estimated time of arrival of Iraq talking points from recipients. Reply from Patrick Rowan attaches two drafts (MEJA jurisdiction and Prison Abuse).

Refers to Revised AG talkers on interrogation. Attaches draft talkers (MEJAStatus, AGtalkers.interrogations3, A3 Enemy Combatants v41, AGtalkers.olcadvice, MEJAjurisdiction, PrisonAbuse status, AG-Issue-Paper-Interrogations, McColter Armstrong ...

Email from Jordan Leiter to Julie Samuels referencing an attachment bearing the name "CRIM DIV comment on draft DOJ statement on Interrogation in War Against Terrorism".
Oct. 15, 2004
Jordan Leiter
Julie Samuels
Jordan Leiter, Julie E. Samuels
Email from Joseph Jones to Rena Cornisac, Adam Isles, Julie Samuels, Patrick Rowan, David Nahmias, Bruce Swartz, Peter B. Owen, and Terrie Johnson following an email chain. The subject line reads "Briefing Papers" and the text is entirely redacted.
Email from Joseph Jones to Adam Isles, Bruce Swartz, John Richter, and Rena Comisac following an email chain with the subject line "Iraq Corrections Assessment Personnel". The text is entirely redacted.
Oct. 15, 2004
Joseph Jones
Bruce Swartz | Adam Isles | John Richter | Rena Comisac
Joseph Jones, Adam Isles, John Richter, Rena Comisac
Emails between Mark Corallo, Bryan Sierra, David Nahmias, and others with the subject line "Passaro". The text of the email chain is entirely redacted.
Text entirely redacted. Email Subject: MEJA referral re Abu Ghraib
Oct. 15, 2004
Laura Parsky | Bruce Swartz
Laura H. Parsky, Bruce Swartz, Teresa L. McHenry

Text entirely redacted. Subject: Fwd: Legal Issues re: Guantanamo Bay. [The recipient "Mary Bowman" is likely Marion Bowman, a deputy general counsel in the FBI.]

Oct. 15, 2004
Jeffrey Harp
David E. Nahmias | Marion E. Bowman
Jeffrey Harp, David E. Nahmias, Marion E. Bowman