You might hear some news today that another government memo approving specific torture techniques has been released. Given what I’ve seen of the memo, I’m not sure that’s really true. The word used by the Los Angeles Times seems more accurate: They say that the memo has been disclosed.
Disclosure means that the existence of the memo has been acknowledged. A few paragraphs of the memo have been released too, but the full memo itself, and what it told Justice Department interrogators about the kinds of techniques they could use, remains unreleased – blacked out. Almost all of the 18 pages of the memo remain censored, and with that much material withheld, it’s impossible to say for sure what the memo really told government interrogators to do to their prisoners.
Here’s a sample page. Can you tell what this page says? The ACLU has made available the whole blacked-out memo for you to see in the form that it was made unavailable to them.