Letter from Attorney General John Ashcroft to Acting CIA Director John E. McLaughlin re: Confirmation that Contemplated Interrogation of Interrogation Techniques are Lawful

In the letter to Acting CIA Director McLaughlin, Attorney General Ashcroft confirms his advice that the use of certain interrogation techniques (other than waterboarding) in the interrogation of a particular detainee outside territory subject to U.S. jurisdiction would not violate the Constitution or any statute or treaty obligation the U.S. is a signatory to.

Legal Memo
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Office of the Attorney General
Washington D.C. 20530
July 22, 2004
John E. McLaughlin Acting Director of Central Intelligence Central Intelligence Agency Washington, D.C. 20505 ,
Dear John:
This letter will confirm my advice that, in the contemplated interrogation of the use of the following interrogation techniques outside territory subject to United States jurisdiction would not violate the United States Constitution or any statute or treaty obligation of the United States, including Article 16 of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, adopted Dec. 10, 1984, S. Treaty Doc. No, 100-20 (1988) (entered into force June 26, 1987): the nine techniques (other than the waterboard) described in the Memorandum for John A. Rizzo, Acting General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency, from Jay S. Bybee, Assistant Attorney General, Re: Interrogation of al Qaeda Operative (Aug. 1, 2002), subject to the assumptions and limitations stated there;
John D. Ashcroft Attorney General
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