June 9, 2004

This 38-page report examines how the Bush administration adopted a deliberate policy of permitting illegal interrogation techniques – and then spent two years covering up or ignoring reports of torture and other abuse by U.S. troops. The torture and mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison was the predictable result of the Bush administration's decision to circumvent international law. The Bush administration has denied having a policy to torture or abuse detainees. Human Rights Watch calls on President Bush to provide evidence for those denials by publicly releasing all relevant government documents. Human Rights Watch also urges the administration to detail the steps being taken to ensure that these abusive practices do not continue, and to prosecute vigorously all those responsible for ordering or condoning this abuse.