Olc Ltr to Rizzo Twelve Interrogation Techniques Not Violations 9-20-04
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Department of Justice U.S. Department Office of Legal Counsel OffJce of Office of the Assistant Attorney General Washil;gton, Washington,D,C. D.C.20530 20530 September 20, 2004 20,2004 John A. Rizzo, Esq. Acting General Counsel Central Intelligence Agency Washington, D.C. 20505 Dear John: John: ~ You have asked our advice regarding whether the use of You have asked of twelve particular interrogation techniques (attention grasp, walling, facial hold, facial racial slap (L11sult (insult slap), cramped confinement, wall standing, stress positions, sleep deprivation , diet dietary manipulation,' manipulation, auld violate nudity, water dousing, and abdominal slap) in the interrogation 0of would any United States statute (including 18 U.S.c. § 2340A), the Unite tates .onstitution, U.S.C. United States Constitution, or any treaty obligation ofthe tha~ an al- Qa'ida operative of the United States. We llilderstand understand that is who "is believed to be involved in the operational planning of of an al-Qa'ida attack or attacks to take place lace in the United States prior to the November 2004 elections." September 19, 2004 letter fiom from t o0 Dan Levin. This letter confrrms confirms our advice that the use of of these techniques on on outside territory subject to United States jurisdiction would not violate \\rjjJ supply, at a later date, an opinion that explains the basis for this any of of these provisions. We will conclusion. Our advice i,s is based on, and limited by, the following conditions: 1. The use usc of of these techniques will conform 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 for_indicate that there are no medical or Or psychological contraindications to the use of of any of of these techniques as you plan to empLoy employ them. 3. Medical officers officers will be present to observe whenever 3, obscrve~henever 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 of him throughout his bis detention, to ensure that he does not sustain any physical or mental harm. _ We express no opinion on any other uses ofthese of these techniques, nor do we address any other techniques or any conditions under which~r which or other of Justice's policy detainees are held. Furthermore, this letter does not constitute the Department ofJustice's approval for use ofthe of the techniques in this or any other case. Sincerely, Daniel Levin Acting Assistant Attorney General