Executive Order 13491: Ensuring Lawful Interrogations   [open pdf - 117KB]

Alternate Title: EO 13491: Ensuring Lawful Interrogations

This Executive Order issued by President Barack Obama calls for reform in the interrogation techniques used by the United States against those in custody. More specifically, the Executive Order looks "to improve the effectiveness of human intelligence gathering, to promote the safe, lawful, and humane treatment of individuals in United States custody and of United States personnel who are detained in armed conflicts, to ensure compliance with the treaty obligations of the United States, including the Geneva Conventions." Furthermore, this Executive Order calls for the revocation of Executive Order 13440 of July 20, 2007 and states that "all executive directives, orders, and regulations inconsistent with this order, including but not limited to those issued to or by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from September 11, 2001, to January 20, 2009, concerning detention or the interrogation of detained individuals, are revoked to the extent of their inconsistency with this order. Heads of departments and agencies shall take all necessary steps to ensure that all directives, orders, and regulations of their respective departments or agencies are consistent with this order. Upon request, the Attorney General shall provide guidance about which directives, orders, and regulations are inconsistent with this order."

Report Number:
Executive Order 13491; EO 13491
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Federal Register: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html
Media Type:
Federal Register (January 27, 2009), v.74 n.16, p.4893-4896
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