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The Senate Report on CIA Interrogations You May Never See

ProPublica has a short report with good links about the massive (roughly 6,000-page) Senate committee report on the CIA’s detention, interrogation and rendition of terror suspects.

  • The Senate Report on CIA Interrogations You May Never See, by Cora Currier,
    ProPublica (Dec. 7, 2012).

    … it’s unclear how much, if any, of the review you might get to read.

    The committee first needs to vote to endorse the report. Republicans, who are a minority on the committee, have been boycotting the investigation since the summer of 2009.

    Even if the report is approved next week, it won’t be made public then, if at all. Decisions on declassification will come at “a later time”…

    …the Obama administration has argued in courts that details about the CIA program [including some of the Guantanamo detainees’ own accounts of their imprisonment] are still classified.

The Guantánamo Docket

ProPublica points out (Gitmo Database Details 779 Prisoners’ Cases, by Eric Umansky, ProPublica, January 15, 2009) that the New York Times has an interesting resource:

One of the handiest—and least-noticed—places for finding that information is the New York Times’ Guantanamo Bay Docket.

Launched quietly on November 3, the searchable database has government documents on all of the prisoners the Pentagon has acknowledged have been held at Gitmo. 779 have been detained there since 2002; 248 remain there today.

DoJ probe on Guantanamo interrogations released

The Department of Justice’s Inspector General has just released its report (PDF) (uploaded to the Internet Archive of course!) on the FBI’s involvement in detainee interrogations in Guantanamo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Reuters reports that the “Bush administration’s top security officials ignored FBI concerns” and that the “FBI, alarmed by interrogation techniques such as the use of snarling dogs and forced nudity, clashed with the Defense Department and CIA over their use. According to McClatchy News, The IG’s report had been delayed in part because the Pentagon slow-rolled its review of the report for classified information.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bush administration’s top security officials ignored FBI concerns over the abusive treatment of terrorism suspects, which one agent called “borderline torture,” a four-year Justice Department probe found.

The FBI, alarmed by interrogation techniques such as the use of snarling dogs and forced nudity, clashed with the Defense Department and CIA over their use, said the 370-page report released on Tuesday by the Justice Department’s inspector general.

Critics say the techniques employed by the CIA and U.S. military in questioning terrorism suspects captured after the September 11 attacks amounted to torture.

FBI agents participated interrogations and still do, but bureau Director Robert Mueller directed agents in 2002 not to participate in coercive questioning, the report said.

[Thanks Crooks and Liars!]

Wikileaks puts another Gitmo document online

A couple of weeks ago, we posted about Wikileaks releasing a sensitive Guantanamo Standard Operating Procedures manual. They’ve just posted a second leaked manual — Detainee Operations in a Joint Environment (available for download below) — that provides detailed instructions about how guards at Guantanamo’s Camp Delta were instructed to treat detainees at the military prison in 2004. Like the 2003 Gitmo manual, this document is unclassified but still contains significant information about the isolation of prisoners, the use of dogs at Guantanamo, and forms of punishment for detainees. Wikileaks editor Julian Assange has put together a handy side-by-side comparison showing changes between the 2003 and 2004 documents.

Wikileaks Releases Sensitive Guantanamo Manual via Slashdot

According to Wired News, the whistle-blowing site Wikileaks.org has leaked a never-before-seen military manual detailing the day-to-day operations of the U.S. military’s Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The 238-page document, "Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures," is dated March 28, 2003, and the ACLU has been trying unsuccessfully to FOIA pry it loose from the Pentagon since then.

The disclosure highlights the internet’s usefulness to whistle-blowers in anonymously propagating documents the government and others would rather conceal. The Pentagon has been resisting — since October 2003 — a Freedom of Information Act request from the American Civil Liberties Union seeking the very same document.

The Wired article describes lots of other fun facts of the manual like schematics of the camp, detailed checklists of what "comfort items" such as extra toilet paper can be given to detainees as rewards, six pages of instructions on how to process new detainees, instructions on how to psychologically manipulate prisoners, rules for dealing with hunger strikes, and instructions on how to use military dogs to intimidate prisoners. We’re attaching a copy of the document below in a more-the-merrier manner. Please download and propogate 🙂