The Torture Cover-Up

From Holden:

The ACLU has slowly been extracting documentation of the use of torture by U.S. forces in Guantanamo Bay and in Iraq. Their latest batch (see them here) provides proof of a cover-up.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday new documents show a task force in Iraq tried to silence official criticism of detainee abuse.

The ACLU said the special operations task force tried “to silence Defense Intelligence Agency personnel who observed abusive interrogations” in Iraq.

The documents also show the Defense Department “adopted questionable interrogation techniques at Guantanamo over FBI objections,” the ACLU said.


The documents, posted online at, include a June 2004 memo from Vice Admiral Lowell E. Jacoby, Defense Intelligence Agency chief, entitled “alleged detainee abuse by TF 62-6,” describing how DIA personnel who complained about abuses were threatened, had their car keys confiscated and e-mails monitored, and were ordered “not to talk to anyone in the U.S.” or leave the base “even to get a haircut.”