Pentagon to Release Secret Interrogation Documents

By Nathan Burchfiel | July 7, 2008 | 8:21 PM EDT


(1st Add: Includes details on the White House's plan to release deliberation process documents.)

(CNSNews.com) - Pentagon officials announced plans Tuesday to release secret orders from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld concerning interrogation tactics at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Reuters reports.

The release of the documents is in response to accusations of prisoner torture at Guantanamo Bay following the abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

According to Pentagon officials, interrogation techniques in Cuba, while different than normal standards used by the Army, are humane by the standards set forth in the Geneva Convention.

The Geneva Convention is the agreement reached following World War II that outlines, in part, the treatment of prisoners of war.

Rumsfeld has emphasized that the United States is not "engaging in torture as a matter of policy."

In a report released June 16, human rights group Amnesty International calls for further investigation, noting that "prisoners have also alleged that they were tortured or ill-treated during interrogations and as punishment."

The White House also announced plans to release documents showing the deliberation process used by President Bush in setting policy to ensure prisoners are treated humanely.

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