It was reported that a new series of interviews was conducted by the United States authorities prior to 17 May 2002 as part of a new strategy designed by an expert interviewer. [my emphasis]Mohamed was subjected to sleep deprivation, the British Government tells us, more than 75 days before the Bybee Two memo authorized such treatment.
And that abuse was inflicted by “an expert interviewer” implementing “a new strategy.”
That “expert interviewer” and that “new strategy” almost certainly were associated with Mitchell and Jessen, who were at that moment pitching using their “new strategy” with Abu Zubaydah.
So, this is not just proof that the US was engaging in torture before they got their CYA memo authorizing such torture. But it was proof that they were using Mohamed, in addition to Abu Zubaydah, as guinea pigs to test out that torture.
This proves the entire myth told to explain the torture memos (and Abu Zubaydah’s treatment) to be a lie.
Updated with link to Jim White’s diary.
They Tortured Him Before They Had Authorization (Oxymoron?)
The Bybee memo was written after some torture was already used: