DETAINEE OPERATIONS UPDATE

Friday March 18, 2005

- One allegation of abuse is too many. About a million Soldiers have deployed in support of OEF/OIF, with more than seventy-thousand detainees handled. There have been over 300 criminal investigations (less than .5%) with more than 100 people held accountable for misconduct.

- Almost all investigations result from a military member seeing something believed to be wrong, and a chain of command that orders an investigation.

- Reported cases of detainee abuse since Apr 04 have declined by nearly 80%.

- The Army has clearly defined MI/MP roles in respect to detainee and interrogation operations. No confusion exists.

- Since Abu Ghraib, the ratio of detainees to guards has been reduced from 1:75 to 1:8.

- Army schools have expanded their training on detainee operations, to include adapting the POI for detainee ops at the US Army Military Police School, Military Intelligence School, and Medical School.

- The Army has trained hundreds in other services in detainee operations techniques, including extensive training on OGA relationships before deploying in support of detainee operations.

- The Army will continue to operate within the law while ensuring interrogators have the tools they need to be successful in a very fluid operational environment.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

The FY06 Colonel, Army Competitive Category, Command
Selection Board Results were released Mar. 17. Click here to see the list.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

Army-sponsored driver and 2004 NHRA Top Fuel Dragster Points Champion Tony Schumacher, continues his defense of his Second Points Championship at the NHRA Drag Racing "Gator Nationals," Mar. 18-20 in Gainesville, Fla.

Army-sponsored NASCAR Driver Joe Nemechek, continues his quest for a second Top-20 season at the NASCAR "Golden Corral 500," Mar. 20 in Atlanta. Learn more about Army Racing at www.army.mil/racing.

Army-sponsored cowboys and bull riders compete in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association competition Mar. 18-20 in Houston.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • "Training allows Soldiers to save lives in combat" Letter by Sec. Harvey (BS | EB)
  • Maintenance, supply units' excellence rewarded (USAREUR News)
  • Army sets quick delivery of tourniquets to Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan (BS | EB)
  • JCS chairman visits 3ID in Baghdad (ARNEWS)
  • Soldiers' families to hold anti-war rally outside of Ft. Bragg (USAT | EB)
  • Army perplexed by humvee crashes (USAT | EB)
  • Active Army, Guard, Reserve boost recruiting resources (AFIS)
  • From combat to rebuilding: A Soldier's view (AFIS)
  • "Army, Marines need priority in Rumsfeld's new defense review" Opinion (RC | EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Vice Army chief says next troop rotation could be smaller (WP | EB)
  • Possible cut in U.S. forces in Iraq in '06 (NYT | EB)
  • Slow but steady progress to Iraqi government (PI | EB)
  • Myers says Iraq insurgency is declining (NYT | EB)
  • Iraqi unit trains in Jordan for counterterrorism mission (AFIS)
  • Returning troops improvise to find ways out of service (NYT | EB)
  • Rice says Afghans inspiring, but election delayed again (NYT | EB)
  • "Two years later" Editorial (NYT | EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Rumsfeld: People key to department's transformation (AFIS)
  • Evidence of Iran's nuclear program is growing (WSJ/EB)
  • Iran and U.S. reject each others nuclear bargaining offers (LFT/EB)
  • U.S. weighing policy options regarding Venezuela (MH | EB)
  • Pentagon invites allies to secret talks aimed at sharing burdens (NYT | EB)
  • Europe resists Wolfowitz nomination for World Bank president (WP | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • UN chief expects Syria to withdraw from Lebanon before the elections (Aljazeera)
  • Lebanese leading opposition MP opposes unity government with new president (The Daily Star)
  • Myers says Jordan's role 'essential' (Jordan Times)
  • Rice to resume North Korea nuclear arms talks (Aljazeera)

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

The Army is implementing lessons learned from the war on terror into training for all Soldiers, not just MPs...it will have more of a focus on values, ethics, leadership, the law of war and the Geneva Conventions.

Col Peter Champagne
Army Deputy Provost Marshal

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