From the Executive Director of Human Rights First:
On July 20, President Bush issued an Executive Order authorizing the CIA interrogation program. The Order fails explicitly to rule out interrogation techniques that had been authorized for use in the CIA program, such as waterboarding, stress positions, hypothermia, sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation and isolation. If the Order is interpreted by the CIA as authorization to use such techniques, it sends a powerful — and dangerous — message to the United States’ current and future enemies: that the United States believes these techniques can be used against our own troops without violating Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.
As part of Human Rights First’s efforts to challenge the Executive Order and end the use of torture by anyone in America’s name, we released a report on August 2, coauthored with Physicians for Human Rights, concluding that U.S. officials who authorize or use these “enhanced” interrogation techniques risk violating U.S. law and could face criminal prosecution.
Maureen Byrnes, Executive Director, Human Rights First
Read the report (pdf file, 57 pages): Leave No Marks: ‘Enhanced Interrogation Techniques and the Risk of Criminality.’
Read a summary, here.