DOD Inspector General Report: Investigation of Allegations of the Use of Mind-Altering Drugs to Facilitate Interrogations of Detainees

<p>This report concerns allegations that mind-altering drugs were administered to facilitate the interrogation of detainees under DOD control between September 2001 and April 2008. The report concluded that it could not substantiate the claim that mind-altering drugs were used specifically to make detainees more cooperative, but it found that &ldquo;some detainees were involuntarily medicated to help control serious mental illnesses&rdquo; and other medical problems, and &ldquo;that certain detainees diagnosed as having serious mental health conditions and being treated with psychoactive medications on a continuing basis were interrogated while under the effects of the medication.&rdquo; The investigation determined that the Secretary of Defense did not authorize the use of mind-altering drugs for the purpose of detainee interrogation, and that no such drugs were used upon any detainee under DoD control for the purposes of obtaining cooperation during interrogation.<br />
&nbsp;However, the report concluded that interrogators in some cases told detainees that the medication they were being given was a &ldquo;truth serum.&rdquo; The report concluded that in the interrogation of Jose Padilla, interrogators engaged in a &ldquo;deliberate ruse&rdquo; to convince Padilla that he had been administered a mind-altering drug in advance of interrogation.</p>
<p>[This report was released to truthout and the Constitution Project on June 28, 2012 pursuant to their separate FOIA requests. &nbsp;You can read truthout's article about the document using the related link on the righthand side of this page.]</p>

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