E' descritta in questa inchiesta di ProPublica e del National Law Journal: in sintesi i giudici tendono a non ammettere prove che siano state ottenute medianta enhanced interrogation techniques, cioè con la tortura light autorizzata durante l'amministrazione Bush e quindi danno ragione - e in qualche caso liberano - persone che quasi sicuramente sono terroristi. La morale la trae un duro editoriale del New York Times:
The Bush administration insisted that “enhanced interrogation techniques” — torture — were necessary to extract information from prisoners and keep Americans safe from terrorist attacks. Never mind that it was immoral, did huge damage to this country’s global standing and produced little important intelligence. Now, as we had feared, it is also making it much harder to try and convict accused terrorists. Because federal judges cannot trust the confessions of prisoners obtained by intense coercion, they are regularly throwing out the government’s cases against Guantánamo Bay prisoners.
ProPublica, National Law Journal, New York Times