The Documents

The Reckoning With Torture project is based on a simple but powerful notion: that coming to terms with human rights abuses starts with reading the documentary record.

Over 130,000 formerly secret documents detailing the torture and abuse of detainees in US custody since 9/11 are now publicly available, thanks to litigation brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and its partners.

The RWT script features several of these documents. On the Choose Your Document page of this website, you’ll find links to images of these documents as they were released by the U.S. government. 

But this is only the beginning. To read more of the torture documents, we recommend visiting the website, which draws from hundreds of the formerly secret files to reconstruct the story of America’s post-9/11 interrogation program.

The Torture Report is now available in book form. Most of all, we recommend sifting through the searchable database, which includes all of the documents that the government released in response to the ACLU’s litigation.

There is much here that remains to be uncovered. The record is crying out to be read.




October 2009, The Cooper Union, New York
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