Petty Officer 1st class Shane T. McCoy, U.S. Navy / Ben Balter (background)

No post-9/11 official government program was hotly debated, or as ultimately reviled, as the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques.” The CIA's program engendered a robust moral, empirical and legal debate. Today, it still raises questions about congressional oversight, accountability, international law, and human rights at moments of supreme emergency. The military also struggled with coercive interrogation during the early years of overseas counterterrorism operations. And as it seeks to bring former CIA detainees to trial for war crimes, it continues to deal with the lasting consequences of the CIA's program. 

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Annals of the Trump Administration #3: Refusing to Add Waterboarding to the Field Manual?

In a prior post I discussed the Trump administration's apparent interest in reviving waterboarding as an interrogation method, noted that a federal statute forbids resort to any interrogation method not listed in the relevant Army Field Manual, and explained that the Trump administration might try to overcome that barrier by pushing to have the manual amended to include a classified annex authorizing waterboarding.

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