Black letter abuse: the US legal response to torture since 9/11

30 September 2007 James Ross

The use of torture by the US armed forces and the CIA was not limited to "a few bad apples" at Abu Ghraib. This article explores the various legal avenues pursued by the administration to justify and maintain its coercive interrogation programme, and the response by Congress and the courts.

About the author

James Ross
Legal and Policy Director

Legal and Policy Director at Human Rights Watch, New York.