GUANTANAMO BAY FACILITY ABUSE INVESTIGATION
In June 2004, the FBI began an internal investigation to determine if any of its personnel had observed mistreatment or aggressive behavior toward detainees at Guantanamo.
The FBI's Inspection Division emailed 493 personnel who had been assigned to GTMO, asking whether any had observed aggressive treatment. They received 434 total responses; 26 agents stated they had observed aggressive treatment. In response to allegations disclosed in December 2004 as a result of Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests, Gen. Bantz Craddock, the commander of U.S. Southern Command, ordered an investigation.
The investigation found no evidence of torture or inhumane treatment at Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO).
The investigation found only three interrogation acts in violation of interrogation techniques authorized by Army Field Manual 24-52 and DoD guidance.
The investigation found the commander JTF-GTMO failed to monitor the interrogation of one high value detainee in late 2002. The interrogation of this same detainee resulted in degrading and abusive treatment, but did not rise to the level of being inhumane treatment.
The investigation found that the communication of a threat to another high value detainee was in violation of Secretary of Defense guidance and the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.
The investigation team determined the following acts were never authorized under any interrogation guidance: (a) two occasions where a detainee was "short shackled" to the eye-bolt on the floor in the interrogation room; (b) an instance when a duct tape was used to "quiet" a detainee; (c) and an instance when military interrogators threatened the subject of a special interrogation and his family.
The investigation team determined some acts were initially not authorized under existing interrogation guidance, but later were authorized as an approved technique, including: adjusting air conditioners to make the detainees uncomfortable; moving detainees from cell to cell every few hours to disrupt sleep patterns and lower the ability to resist interrogation; the use of a military dog growling, barking and showing his teeth at a specific detainee; and the separation of a specific detainee in an isolation facility.
The investigators also found no evidence of "ghost detainees."
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