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US failed torture reform: Elements of a Possible Initiative, 12 June 2005

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May 17, 2009

The document presents a failed reform memorandum from the US State Department in relation to the harsh interrogation policy of the George W. Bush administration. The June 12, 2005 memorandum was prepared by Mr. Zelikow and Gordon R. England, the acting deputy secretary of defense, and proposed a comprehensive approach to detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists, that the authors said would be compatible with existing legal standards.

Their approach was rejected by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Mr. Zelikow told Congress.

The memorandum was reported in the New York Times (Tim Golden, "Detainee Memo Created Divide in White House," October 1, 2006) and elsewhere was quoted at length in Angler by Barton Gellman (at pp. 347-349), but the document itself has not been made publicly available until now. It was obtained by Stephen Aftergood from the Federation of American Scientists.

See also US failed torture reform: Detainees - the Need for a Stronger Legal Framework, July 2005.
US detainee interrogation: a road not taken
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