The most detailed documents describing the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret interrogation, rendition, and detention program are now online in the American Civil Liberties Union’s new Torture Database. Here are three of the most important memos of the 5,000-plus that the ACLU obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and legal challenges going back to 2003, according to Alexander Abdo, staff attorney for the ACLU’s National Security Project.
John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for leaking the name of a covert officer to a reporter in 2007. Kiriakou was among the first to confirm the use of waterboarding in interrogating al-Qaida terrorists.
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