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Office of Legal Counsel Memo to CIA, May 10, 2002

Office of Legal Counsel Memo to CIA, May 10, 2002

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U.S.
DepartmeutofJustlce
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MEMO!tANnUMFORJ'OlIN
A.
RIZZO.Sli:NIOR
Dli:PUTY
GENERALCOUNSEL,
CENTRAL
INTELLIGENCE
AGENCY
Re:
ApplicatiQnoJ18u.S.C.
§§
23·(0-23404
iol!l1~f:eililttiqull's
hat
May
Be
Used
in
the
Interrogation
oj
aHigh
Vallie
al
Qcieda:
Detainee
Youhave
~ked
us
to
addresswhether
certailJ.
specified
interrogation
teclmiques
designed
obe
ooed.
on
a
high
value
al
Qaedadetainee
inthe
War\JO
Terror
COUlply
with
the
federal
rohibition
on
torture,
codified
at
IS
U.S.C.
§§
234Q-2340A.
Otlr
analysis
of
this
9uestion
is
ontj"olledby
this
Office's
~ntly
published
opinionintefpreting
theanti-tor!llre
statute.
See
Memorandum
for
James,
R
Comey,
DeP\3t)tAttorney
General,from
DanielLevin,
Acting
ssistant
AttorneyGeneral,
Offlc¢
of
Legal
Counsel.Re~
Legal
Su:mdards
Appllcable
Under
18
.S.C.
§§
2340-2340A
(Dec.
30.
2004)
("2004
LegalStandardsOplnloll"),
available
at
IVWW.usdoj.gov.
(JIe
provided
a
copy
of
that
opi:nion
to
you
at
thetime
it
was
issued.)
Much
ofhe
analysis
from
our
2004Legal
Slanda:rds
Opinion
is
reproduced
below;
all
of
it
is
ncQrporated
by
reference
herein.
Because
you
have
asked
usto
address
theapplication
of·ections
2340-2340A
to
speclGc
interrogation
techliiques.the
presentmemorandum
necessarily
in¢ludes
additional
disCUssion
ofthe
applicable
legal
standards
and
their
application
to
particular
acts.
Westress,
howev.et,
that
thci
legal
standards
we
apply
in
this
memorandum
are
fully
onsisten.t
with
the
interpretation
of
thestatute
set
forih
in
our
2004
LegalStandards
Opinion
nd
~titmeour
autlwritative
view
oft~e
legal
standardsapplicable
und<;r
sections2340'340A.
Our
task
is
toexplicate
those
standards
in
order
to
assist
you
in
complying
with
the
law.
A
paramountrecognitionemphasized
in
Qur
2:004
Legal
Standards
Opinion
merits
reo
.mphasis
at
the
outset
and
guides
Our
analysis:
Torture
isabholTel1t
botli
to
American
law
and
alues
and
to
intematiomi.l
normS.
Theuniversal
repUdiation
of
torture
is
reflected
not
ollly
in
urcriminal
law.
see,
e.g.,
!'8
U.S.C.
§§
2340-2340A,
but
also
in
international
agreements,'
in
I
See.
e.g
.
Unit~
Na!ioll$
Convention
Aga,lhSl
'J'oIfure
and
OtiJerCI\!el,lnhuman
Or
Degradiltg
Treaunent
orPunlShnt~t,
Dec.
10,
1984,.8.
TreatrDoc.
No:
100-20,
1465
U.N.T.S.
85
(enl¢t1;dinlOforcefor
U.S.
Nov.
20.
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