GUANTANAMO BAY FACILITY ABUSE INVESTIGATION

Friday July 15, 2005

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.

Findings
 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."

Source: DoD
More information: Detainee Affairs Web site

SOCIAL NETWORKING

- The Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals will be held 15-17 July in Denver, Colorado. NHRA 2004 Top Fuel Dragster Points Champion, Army-sponsored Tony Schumacher, will continue his defense of his second points championship.

- The NASCAR New England 300 will be held Sunday 17 Jul at the New Hampshire International Speedway. Army-sponsored Joe Nemechek continues his quest for another great racing season.

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • New recruits attracted by discipline of Army life (ST)
  • Army intranet portal to be upgraded (WP/EB)
  • Conflict in Iraq spurs new TV show about Army (WSJ/EB)
  • Army applying lessons learned from Iraq (BN | EB)
  • U.S. Soldier killed in Iraq found purpose in serving his country (WP | EB)
  • National Guard conducts community development projects in Romania (USAREUR News)
  • U.S., Bulgarian troops train in Immediate Response (ARNEWS)
  • Weapons immersion increases rifle comfort level (TRADOC News)
  • Soldierization: Training an Army of One (TRADOC News)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Iraqis shouldering security burden, Myers says (AFIS)
  • Iraqi Security Forces prove capability (AFIS)
  • Senior al-Qaeda commander captured in Iraq (NYT | EB)
  • Iraqi, U.S. forces capture al-Qaeda leaders (AFIS)
  • Iraqi explosives expert thwarts suicide bomber (USAT | EB)
  • Suicide bomber stopped near checkpoint before attack (AFIS)
  • New details emerge about thwarted Baghdad suicide attack (AFIS)
  • Insurgents showing up again in Fallujah (NYT | EB)
  • Survey reveals less violence among Muslims, less support for bin Laden (WP | EB)
  • Quick drop of U.S. troops in Iraq unlikely, analysts say (USAT | EB)
  • "Time to pull out. And not just from Iraq" -- Opinion (NYT | EB)
  • GAO blasts DoD for poor management of war finances (BG/EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Guard Chief calls employer support vital to military success (AFIS)
  • DoD, panel to discuss overseas troop relocation (NJCD/EB)
  • Funds for veterans health care falls short (WT | EB)
  • Chertoff outlines changes in homeland security department (AFIS)
  • Legality of closing Air Guard base questioned (BG/EB)
  • Military lawyers questioned DoJ interrogation policy (WP | EB)
  • DoD team identifies Korean War MIAs (ARNEWS)
  • China, Russia accused of pressuring Central Asia for U.S. troop withdrawal timetable (WP | EB)
  • U.S. looking for concrete results in new six-party talks with N. Korea (WT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Israel fires missiles into Gaza Strip during air raid (Aljazeera)
  • U.S. pressuring Palestine to stop violence (Jordan Times)
  • Two suicide bombers attack Iraq government compound (Middle East Times)
  • U.S. rejects measure to limit arms sales to China (China Daily)

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Events

July 15, 2005
Last Days of WWII - July 15-21, History Channel, 8:00 p.m. (More)

Modern Marvels: Deadliest Weapons, History Channel, 9:00 p.m. (More)

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