Army Detainee Operations Report: DOD Questionnaire of Captain re: Detainee Operations

An Army questionnaire, including twenty-six questions given to a solider regarding soldier training, soldier morale and the treatment of detainees. The handwritten responses are mostly illegible or redacted.
The interviewee was a Captain/JAG in the 1st Infantry Division. The Captain stated that he/she did not receive training.

Friday, March 26, 2004
Monday, September 19, 2005

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1. What specific measures has the commander/unit taken to ensure compliance
ith the Law of War regarding detainee operations? Individual training events?
When? Collective/unit training events? When? (1.1, 1.2, 4 1)

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2. What is the minimum standard of treatment that the US mu t provide any
detainee? What policies/proceduret do units have in place to support the U. S.
General Protection policy relative to the treatment of Detainee3 in the custody of
the S forces? (1.1, 12, 4.1), ,,/1/111 / .

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3. What specificaasures did the unit tak_%rior to arrival in the AOR to ensure
that subordinate leaders and soldiers know and understand how to treat, handle,

5 and process detainees properly? Do leaders and Soldiers know and
understand how to apply Detainee Operations doctrine and standards when they
arrive in the AOR? Can you provi • e some examples. (1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8)

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How is th issue of classification of detainees being handled? Are any Article
5 tribunals being held or is there a presumption that the insurgents clearly do not
meet the Article 4 GC-III EPW criteria (commanded by a person responsible for
his subordinates, wearing fixed distinctive sign, carrying arms openly, conducting
operations in accordance with the laws of war)? (1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 4.1) •

• Did units receive training on the reporting of Detainee abuse? When did this training occur last and how often is it conducted by the units? Are units reporting Detainee abuse? What is happening to individuals who abuse Detainees? How many cases of detainee abuse have you heard of and or processed since you have been in country? At what point in the detention process are most of the abuses occurring? (point of capture, initial collection oint by guards at internment facility, by interrogators)(/./, 1.2, 1:4,

What control measures are units using to maintain detainee discipline and security in each internment facility/collection point? (1.1, 1.2, 4.1). Don't forget the 5 S's and T. These are valuable tools to maintaining discipline and

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7. What are the procedures you follow if you personally notice or if it is reported to you that a detainee is injured and you suspect the detainee has been abused? What training has the unit received regarding reporting procedures for detainee abuse? (1.1 1.2, 4.1, i,
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8. What are the pro dure if a detainee in U.S. cus y dies? (1.1 1 2 4.1)

9. What are the Theater guidelines for any EPW, Cl, and RP claims against the
U.S. Government? (1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 4.1) .
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(Internment facility Judge Advocate o Ay) What is the procedure if an, EPW or detainee wants to make a complaint or requests to the camp commander regarding conditions of their internment? How are Detainees complaints and requests to the camp commander processed? (1.1, 1.2, 4.1)

ave any detainees refused repatriation? If so, what happened to them?

(1.1, 1.2, 4.1)
What happens when a detainee is suspected of, or is known to have committed a serious offense while they are being interned at either the collection point or detention facility? Describe the due process available to detainees and rights of the detainee suspected of committing a serious offense. Have you or any Staff Judge Advocate provided legal advice to a detainee who might have committed an offense? (1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6)

What is your feeling on how Detainees are being treated? What do you feel is the primary focus/purpose of detainee operations. (force protection, punishment, rehabilitation, protection, merely a regulatory/legal requirement) No standard. Personnel observations and feelings. (1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 2.1, 4.1)

• 14. What MRs or lessons learned have you written or received regarding detainee operations? Can I get a copy? (preferably on disk) (2.1, 2.2)
15. What do you perceive to be doctrinal legal shortcomings pertaining to Detainee Operations and how would you fix/incorporate into updated doctrine/accomplish differently? How about Force Structure of Staff Judge Advocate to ensure Detainee Operations can be successfully accomplished? What are the shortcomings and how do we fix the problem at the Army-level? (1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 1.7, 4.1
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at •4 you perceive as /- mission of your unit? Describe the importance of your role in that mission. (Insight to the Soldier's understanding and attitude
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17. Describe your working environment and living conditions since being in
Theater. (Identify physical and psychological impact on Soldier's attitude). (1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7

18. Describe the unit command climate and Soldier morale. Has it changed or evolved since you have been in Theater? (identifies Soldier's perception of the ­
chain of command and Soldier attitude. Does the Soldier feel supported? Do Soldiers feel the Command cares? Are they getting clear guidance?)
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1 9. Are you aware of any incidences of detainee or of er abuse' n your unit'
ADVISEMENT OF RIGHTS (For military personnel)
The text of Article 31 provides as follows a. No person subject to this chapter may compel any
person to incriminate himself or to answer any questions the answer to which may tend to
incriminate him. b. No person subject to this chapter may interrogate or request any statement .
from an accused or a person suspected of an offense without first informing him of the nature of
the accusation and advising him that he does not have to make any statement regarding the
offense of which he is accused or suspected, and that any statement made by him may be used
as evidence against him in a trial by court-martial. c. No person subject to this chapter may

.compel any person to make a statement or produce evidence before any military gibunal if the statement or evidence is not material to the issue and may tend to degrade him. d. No statement obtained from any person in violation of this article, or through the use of coercion, unlawful influence, or unlawful inducement, may be received in evidence against him in a trial by court-martial. (1.2, 1.6)
I am .(grade, if any, and name), a member of the (DAIG). I am part of a team inspecting detainee operations, this is not a criminal investigation. I am reading you your rights because of a statement you made causes me to suspect that you may have committed . . (specify offense, i.e. aggravated assault, assault, murder). Under Article 31, you have the right to remain silent, that is, say nothing at all. Any statement you make, oral or written, may be used as evidence against you in a trial by courts-martial or in other judicial or administrative proceedings. You have the right to consult a lawyer and to have a lawyer present during this interview. You have the right to military legal counsel free of charge. In addition to military counsel, you are entitled to civilian counsel of your own choosing, at your own expense. You may request a lawyer at any time during this interview. If you decide to answer questions, you may stop the questioning at any time. Do you understand your rights? Do you want a
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lawyer? (If the answer is yes, cease all questions at this point). Are you willing to answer questions?
Describe what you understand happened leading up to and during the incident(s) of abuse. (No applicable standard) a

Describe Soldier morale, feelings and emotional state prior to and after these

incidents? (Identifies unit and Soldier morale, atmosphere, mood, attitude, stress,
retaliation, preemption, family crisis) .

Was this incident reported to the chain of command? How, when & what was done? What would you have done? (Identifies compliance, procedure, timeliness, Soldier perception of action taken and effect on unit morale.) (1.2, 1.6a

How could the incident have been prevented? (Identifies root cause and perceived solution) (No applicable standard) a

Describe any unit training or other programs that you are aware of that teach leaders and Soldiers how to recognize and resolve combat stress. a

25. What measures are in place to boost morale or to relieve stress? (Identifies
perceived sof tion.)

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. 26. What measures could the command enact to improve the morale and command climate of your unit? (Identifies perceived solution.)
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