OLC Memo re: approving the use of twelve "enhanced interrogation techniques" on a specific CIA detainee

<p>An OLC memo to the CIA addressing whether the use of &quot;twelve particular interrogation techniques (attention grasp, walling, facial hold, facial slap (insult slap), cramped confinement, wall standing, stress positions, sleep depravation, dietary manipulation, nudity, water dousing, and abdominal slap in the interrogation of [redacted] would violate any United States Statute (including 18 U.S.C. &sect;2340A), the United States Constitution, or any treaty obligation of the United States.&quot; The letter concludes that &quot;the use of these techniques on [redacted] outside territory subject to United States jurisdiction would not violate any of these provisions.&quot;&nbsp;[OLC Vaughn Index #79]</p>

Doc_type: 
Legal Memo
Doc_date: 
Monday, September 20, 2004
Doc_rel_date: 
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Doc_text: 

U.J.0 (U *-111.3-11...G Office of Legal Counsel )'l)RD TOP s eR _II _NZ) Office of the Assistant Attorney General _ Washington, D.C. 20530 September 20, 2004 John A. Rizzo, Esq. Acting General Counsel Central Intelligence Agency Washington, D.C. 20505 Dear John: You have asked our advice regarding whether the use of twelve particular interrogation techniques (attention grasp, walling, facial hold, facial slap (insult slap), cramped confinement, wall standing, stress positions, sleep deprivatio diet manipulation, nudity, water dousing, and abdominal slap) in the interrogation o would violate any United States statute (including 18 U.S.C. § 2340A), the Unite tates onstnution, or any treaty obligation of the United States. We understand that...is an al- Qa'ida operative who "is believed to be involved in the operational planning of an al-Qa'ida attack or attacks to take place in the United States prior to the November 2004 elections." September 19, 2004 letter o Dan Levin. This letter confirms our advice that the use of these outside territory subject to-United States jurisdiction would not violate any of these provisions. We will supply, at a later date, an opinion that explains the basis for this conclusion. Our advice is based on, and limited by, the following conditions: 1.The use of these techniques will conform to all representations previously made to us, including those listed in my August 26, 2004 letter to you. 2. The medical and psychological facts and assessments for _indicate that there are no medical or psychological contraindications to the use of any of t ese techniques as you plan to employ them. 3. Medical officers will be present to observe _yhenever any enhanced techniques are applied and will closely monitor him while he is subject to sleep deprivation or dietary manipulation, in addition to the normal monitoring of him throughout his detention, to ensure that he does not sustain any physical or mental harm. TOEr-ft,C„Rk. 11111111111.1MUT('YlR DOJ OLC 0010100 TOP']1.NOT'CtRISILK -----StCzrtdlIll We express no opinion on any other uses of these techniques, nor do we address any other techniques or any conditions under whichiNEtr other detainees are held. Furthermore, this letter does not constitute the Department of Justice's policy approval for use of the techniques in this or any other case, sincerely, Daniel Levin Acting Assistant Attorney General TOIIr s'ME-GRAIIIIIIIIWIMINrP DOJ OLC 001100

Doc_nid: 
6869
Doc_type_num: 
62