July 12, 2011

Getting Away with Torture

The Bush Administration and Mistreatment of Detainees

Summary
Recommendations
I. Background: Official Sanction for Crimes against Detainees
II. Torture of Detainees in US Counterterrorism Operations
The CIA Detention Program
Secret Detention Sites
The Case of Abu Zubaydah
Growth of the CIA Program
The CIA Rendition Program
Coercive Interrogations by the Military
Abuses by Military Interrogators in Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and Iraq
Approving Illegal Techniques for Military Interrogation
Migration of the Approved Techniques
III. Individual Criminal Responsibility
The Illegality of the Underlying Abuses
Forms of Liability
Waterboarding
Interrogation Techniques
CIA Secret Detention Program
OLC Legal Guidance
Duty to Investigate and Provide Redress
The Four Key Leaders
President George W. Bush
Vice President Dick Cheney
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
CIA Director George Tenet
Other Officials
Appendix: Foreign State Proceedings Regarding US Detainee Mistreatment
Germany
France: Complaint against Rumsfeld
Spain: Investigations of US officials
The “Bush Six”
Investigation into Torture by US officials
Diplomatic Intervention by the United States
Acknowledgments and Methodology