Army Interview of Army Captain re: CFLCC Mission Regarding Detainee Operations

Interviews with Army Captain and First Lieutenant concerning detainee operations including capture, transport, medical care and un-anticipated events and how they are dealt with.

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1L11111111111 This is Lieutenant111110CFLCC historian; I'm interviewing Major
with the C3 battle captain position. Today is January 10th. Sir if you could state your full name.

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11411111111 Spell your last name sir.
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1LT UM Your social security number.

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1LT 111.11111: Rank and position, sir.
MAJIIIIIM: Major, I'm a ground OPS, ground operations officer, current OPS for C3,

CFLCC.
1LT4111111.: Could you describe your current mission and role as far as CFLCC?
MAJOIMMIlla: As far as CFLCC my mission is to maintain operational or situational

awareness of certain locals within CFLCC and current missions. Specifically I cover all the
operations in Pakistan, and specifically the detainee operations in Afghanistan as they flow
through Turkey to Guantanamo Bay.
1LT-Sir as far as a question I omitted to ask you, are you a reserve component or
active duty.

I'm a reservist on active duty. 1LT NUM Did you volunteer for this position, or were you tasked? m A1111111111111111 : Volunteer.
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1LT ONO Sir, with as far as the C3 position, can you describe you interaction from a joint
theater, from the operations?
MAJ MintYes. From a joint theater, I coordinate the operations. Specifically lets talk

about detainee operations first, cause that's really the most joint application I have. We have to
coordinate with Air Force to get the lift airframes, to move detainees around the theater.
Currently we're moving them from collecting points up north, Mazar Sharif (?) prison Bagram,
down to the main collection point at Kandahar. From Kandahar they're then moved into the custody of SOUTHCOM. Who moves them to Guantanamo Bay. Now that's an evolving process. That began when the detainees started to be collected, and it's a process that will evolve as time goes along. Lessons learned from the initial movement phases, I suspect they'll pickup a production line or milk run flavor to where we're typically doing the same things, although we'll probably alter, alternate the time a little bit just for, to avoid operational predictability. So that we're not moving folks from one location to another, same time everyday, for a force protection measure. I coordinate with the Air Force for the airframes. I coordinate with the American embassy in host countries, specifically right now Pakistan, for diplomatic clearance to land military aircraft at different airfields, to pick up detainees. Then to move them into Afghanistan, to the central collection agency. We've had some high value detainees that have been kept offshore on US Navy ships, and there was a coordination between the Air Force, Navy, and US Embassy to get all three services, the Army MP, the Air Force air frames, and the Navy helicopter at the same place on the map at the same time to effect the transfer. We've done that relativity easily, everyone's been very corporative. We've had a standardization of language, standardization of time, using Zulu time, and we haven't had any major problems. We've had some hiccups, but those happen within operation of the scope.
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1LT-MM.: What were some of the initial difficulties that you ran into when you first started the operation with detainee transfer, and eventually how was CFLCC able to work those out?
Some of the initial problems were, availability of airframes. We've got a limited number of C-130, which are the airplanes that we use as inter-theater. C-130 offers us a wide adaptability to airfields situation that C17's, C-141's, and C-5's don't. They're a short field, multiple surface aircraft that we can use at some of these smaller places. (?) mison is an
(1-JY2-) example. (?) prison we had an airstrip out there that we found that was about... fi-om the prison, and it gave us an opportunity to move the detainees only a short distance by ground and reduce the risk of ambush. Understanding that these detainees are somebody's buddy. Somebody doesn't want them being detained, either because of their intelligence value to us, or because of their position within the Al-Qaeda or Taliban. So by using the (?) airfield, which was nothing more than an asphalt strip, in the middle of Afghanistan. C-130's can get in there, C-17's, C-5's couldn't. That being said we've got a limited number of C-130's. A lot of our C-130's are being used for logistics support of Bagram, which is not asseeeiable by ground. That created some difficulties in the availability of airframes, and we've come to the point, after doing a number of
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runs we've got an idea of how much space on a C-130. A certain number of detainees,

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are going to take of the aircraft that gives us the same capability of using the same aircraft for both log lift and detainee movement. Some of the other issues that have come up is, I suspect probably the biggest was some of the more aggressive detainees that we've had to deal with. To be able to keep them under control. A group we took out of Pakistan, from (?) were responsible for taking over a Pakistani bus when they were moving by ground, caused the deaths of several Pakistani guards, as well as some of the detainees. Just by moving them in small
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groups, getting the MP detainee staffs trained on what to expect, what to do. We haven't had any
injuries to any of the MP's. We haven't had a loss of any aircraft. We haven't had any major
instances with the detainees. So, the use of the aircraft, optimization of the aircraft. We put sor Q(2):_ 00)(2)--
OSfrom one location and may put 111) or allfrom another location. Generally we will not have a full aircraft, if we've got a good concept, a good grasp of many we're going to have, we know how many we can carry away on the log, on that plane as well. It's worked to the benefit of Bagram, which has been a struggle to keep supplied, logistically, because of the.
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we're flying under BFR conditions, which means if we've got a snowstorm, Bagram is cut off. There is no alternative to supplying them. So optimization of the aircraft, and still getting the detainee mission done. We start today being the tenth of January with flowing detainees out of the country, into Guantanamo Bay. We've had to, fi-om a CFLCC standpoint, not necessarily from a detainee movement operation, but from a CFLCC standpoint, we have had to build detainee facilities, man operate them, feed the detainees, maintain to their logistical requirements. By getting Guantanamo set up we can relieve some of the stress that Kandahar specifically has lived under.

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1LT-What as far as you mentioned sir, as far as some of the change of weather in
Bagram is so dependent on air lift logistic support, have you seem many cases of shift in
priorities, and if you have how has that affected your mission?
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MAJ-: The detainee mission has maintained over the last two weeks or so. When
we started collecting detainees, detainee's missions become one of the top priorities, and we
have not shifted that priority. It maintains a high priority. Both from the standpoint of getting
these folks in a controlled environment where we can debrief them, and get any strategic
information we can fi-om them. We're still looking for two things. One is Omar and the other is
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UBL. We need to get the information as quickly as possible. We need to do so in a manner that
meets Geneva Convention requirements, and I think for the most part we've done that. See, I think that Bagram, we had to find a way to blend the requirements of Bagram with the
commander's priorities, and that is detainees. But Bagram has got to be supplied, bottom line. Fuel, water, and food are three things they can not generate on their own. 1LT_Sir, with the multiple countries, multiple stops, and multiple locations of detainees, how do all of these issues play into count with your normal lift concerns of, fuel, time in the air, tim on the ground? MAJ_: Biggest one has probably been fuel, and crew day. We have worked these missions two day, where they take off fi-om one location and end up at that location, meaning the airplane. That gives us about 16 hours to work with. We're crossing one, two, maybe three time zones. One-way and then back within the course of a day. We've spent a lot of time going north south, but you can't take into account with the time zones, and we've just had to be very very
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the ground, to check and securedlidetainees. Over time we in the Air Force have learned that is
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anywhere from AM. to a_job. So we're cutting down the amount of ground time, which gives us a little bit more flexibility, in terms of how far we can get in a standard crew day. Fuel's been another problem. We've worked around that by determining where in the route, where's the last place in the route that we can fuel the plane, without taxing resources on the ground. Example would be our run from (?), (?), Pakistan, (?), Kandahar, Bagram, back to (?). Can't do that on one tank of plane, on one tank of fuel. What we we're able to do, is through our
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embassy contacts, get the Pakistanis to provideIIIIIII pounds of fuel, roughlyallagallons, at Qatar, which kept us from depleting those fuel resources at Kandahar and Bagram. Again, both
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those locationsill.111.11=1.111.1.1.11.... The same fuel we us in the planes we're using for the heating for stoves, and we're using for heOng of stoves, and running the generators. So, that's, it's liquid gold, and we don't dare spend...pounds of fuel in Bagram on a C-130, if we can top off in Pakistan. That profile has allowed us to get the plane from sea to,sea without touching Bagram or Kandahar fuel. 1LTIIINIMI Sir, can you describe, are their any situations that have come up that it's been necessary to move detainees fi-om different locations, and different, some of our different countries we're flying through are not excited about us coming through, or having an issue with that, and how/we may have dealt with that to accomplish the mission?
L)) MAJ_: Well, yes and no. Pakistan is the main country that we've dealt with to date. They have captured several hundred of these guys coming across their border with Afghanistan. They've taken them into custody. They found out the hard way that just because they we're taken into custody they weren't sheep. As I said described they lost a bus that was taken over by a group of detainees, and several Pakistani military members lost their lives, in that process of losing the bus and recapturing the detainees. The Pakistanis refused to let us move the detainees from (?) where they were, by ground or by rotor aircraft. They told us specifically we had to come to (?), pick them up with fixed wing and fly them out of the country with no stops. That required the Air Force to get a air traffic control team on the ground to access the airfield as being C-130 capable, set-up temporary running, runway lights, land the planes, deal with the detainees, and fly out. That was at (?), that was a 3-day process. We also had an embassy team on the ground that did the initial medical screening, to determine which detainees were moveable, and which ones were not, and a intelligence officer to determine who were high value and who the Pakistanis could keep. But that was a situation where the Pakistanis were absolutely
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not going to let those detainees move within their country. They wanted them picked up and moved out, and the Air Force was flexible enough to meet their requirements to not violate their regulations, and get the C-130 on the ground and get them out. One of the alternatives we looked at was using a Special Forces C-130, or AC-130. We didn't have to do that. Those assets are being used in the Tora Bora and (?) regions to look for additional Al-Qaeda and Taliban folks that are hiding in the caves. We didn't want to pull those airplanes off of that mission, to do detainee, n,s. 1L111111111: As far as the, you mentioned some of the medical assessment for some of the detainees, has that played a factor in the war, as far as determining who moves and how you segregate them, and evidently fly those individuals as well with the high priority intelligence individuals?
Clo)(6-77—MAJ 111111. It's become a factor in determining whether or not we took detainees. There were a number of detainees that the anti-Taliban forces and the Pakistanis wanted us to take, that we did not feel were going to survive the trip. The (?) instructions were, if we had one near death, don't take him. We create a potential media problem for our, for CFLCC if we take a detainee and he dies while in our custody. Regardless of rather if we had anything to do with it or not, it gives the perception that perhaps we're mistreating the detainees. With no exceptions have we had a intelligence source, a high valued intelligence source who was so ill that we couldn't move him, but that was taken into consideration in a number of detainees, who may have otherwise been debriefed were not taken. I think a couple of those have died at the prison. These guys are all coming out of war, they're all coming out of combat. A number of them we're just not going to make it. They were so severely wounded, and there was a real question about there, the value of the intelligence that could have been gotten before they died, and we didn't touch
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that, but it was a prime consideration. The CFLCC forvvard which is 10th Mountain Division
Detac, got a list of criteria from the (?), and used that to screen detainees, both able bodied, as well as some of the guys that were on litter. Litter patience created a problem obviously in movement, because of the space considerations. You can take an able-bodied guy and set him down on the floor on his knees, and fly him wherever you need to. Litter patience takes up more floor space. Therefore requires more consideration, and the detainee facilities had to consider whether they had the medical facilities on hand to deal with some of the medical conditions that these guys presented. Whether it was gun shot wounds or other medical conditions, that they may have gotten while in the middle of a very remote site. So those things were taken into
MANNED There's been some innovative work done to, by some of the aircraft crew, working_ome of the detainees because of their lack of hygiene.
• Talibens, the talibens. talibens are plastic trays, innovation. Necessity is the mother of innovation. We found on the initial runs were that the Taliban, or these detainees, whether their Al-Qaeda of Taliban, I don't know, lost bodily function, whether intentionally or because of fear, I don't know. They were creating some real messes in the bottoms of the C­130's. The Air Force being very concerned about the hygienic state of their planes, found some plastic trays that are a kin to litter boxes, and they sat the detainees in these bins so that once they were removed from the plane, the excrement or urine could be quickly, easily disposed of, without having to clean out the entire airframe. So yes the taliben's were an interesting innovation./ 1LT-As far as, can you describe any issues or just your opinion of working with coalition partners, in the C3 operation area?
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from originally (?) and then then.. We were able to move the high valued detainees out to sea and then last night move them back inland, for the movement to Guantanamo. The Air Force, because of the regulation, and we've had some discussions about the very stringent limitations they have on where a C-130 or a C-17 is going to land, and I'm not an Air Force guy, I'm an infantryman. To me it seemed overly cautious. Their the Air Force, they've landed every place we've needed them to land, but there has been a lot of give and take and a lot of coordination involved to make that happen. Basically (?) is a good example. We have a cornmercial airport that is used by the American ambassador, among other people going in and out everyday. The Air Force had to have a group, a team to put on the ground called STS, that then looked at the runway, the condition of the runway, and the air control system, and make a call whether or not that was certified for C-130. It's used by commercial jets but the Air Force had to check that for themselves, and again the Air Force is responsible for their airplanes and their very, very cautious with them and I understand that. It was just, at times very frustrating, in that it seemed that some of the regulations were almost in the way of successful completion of what we've done so far. It worked, it just took a little time to make it work.
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1LT_: Sir as far as the coalition side have you worked with any other foreign country partners, witli anyone in the planning process?
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MAJEME111.1: Worked very limited, but I've worked some with the Australian Army, cause they've got some SAS team in, what is called Task Force 58, or in southern Afghanistan around (?), Tora Bora, and Kandahar. Very good guys, very straightforward, haven't had any real problems with them I've worked with the French in Mazar Sharif; they are right now securing
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the airfield at Mazar. The French are a lot less flexible. They wanted, they politicized to get their mission at the airfield to be very stringent, very specific, and when that's accomplished, 6 weeks later, they go home. Have not worked with the Jordanians, but from a distance I've watched us wok as a coalition partner with the Jordanians, Jordanians have been real good about living in very aster conditions. Setting up a hospital in a region that's relatively hostile towards Arabs because of the Taliban and the Al-Qaeda influence on Afghanistan. Mazar for the most part is an Uzbek ethnic background, and their tolerance of Arabs is slim to none. Jordanians have gone into Mazar airfield. They've set up a hospital. First day of operation they treated 70 patientients, 3 they kept as in-patients. They are, to date have been very good coalition partners. Working with the British on the very (?) on the international security assistance force, the ISAF, out of Kabul. The Brits have taken the lead in that, as a coalition partner, we appreciate as the DCG for operations said today, we're not interested much in nation building. We are in Afghanistan for two reasons. One, to make Afghanistan no longer a safe harbor for terrorist organizations. Two, to find Osama bin Laden. The Brits, and they'll be followed by the Turks, are going to take the lead on the ISAF, and that's taken a huge burden off of the American military soldiers, and I can apprecit HAIM Sir, can you describe the average workday, in general terms, as a battle captain what it comprises of and the hours you work? MAJIMMIE: Well, the first month were 14-15 hours days. As time has gone by we have gotten some addition officers in, and we work, this is day 41. Current OPS by design, all the officers in current OPS work without breaks. We don't get days off As the tactical situation changes, that may change, but right now COL _, who runs the current OPS section, the CHOPS, intentionally does not want, he has looked at sustainment scheduling and the possibility
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of us getting days off, and his concern right now is that we not lose situational awareness. He feels that a day or two off could detract from that situational awareness. We worked initially 13-
14 hour days, now that we've gotten more people in, we've cut back to 8, 8-10 hour days. Generally we come in at the morning and we get the battle update brief, I make contact with all of my various areas of responsibility, geographic areas. I get with the Air For e and make sure
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that we're set on the detainee movements for the day, which take place _I get with the C4 trans and make sure that we're square for the next 24 hours of operations, and get that set up. I put together a Power Point slide that has a map of the AOR of Afghanistan, and some of the other countries, and show the movement of airplanes, arrival times, departure times, how many picked up at this location, how many drooped off at this location. Then I get a hold of AMD, air mobility detachment out of (?), and validate the times I get from the (?) rep in the current OPS section. To make sure we're on with times, try to deconflict, if we've got more than one route going in to Kandahar, I try to deconflict the arrival times of the aircraft to make sure that we're not putting detainee planes on the ground at the same time. I'll get back, in the afternoon with my point of contacts at the various geographic locations and determine if there are any significant updates. I build a (?) rep page, that we use on word and everyday we create a new copy of that so that we've got a historical backtrack, a historical log of what takes place on certain days and what gets briefed. Then around 1600 I'll met the OPS officer whose one of the majors up with CHOPS, aware of all the changes so he can go into the 1815 (?) brief with the general officers, and he has a overall situational awareness of my part of the entire AOR, and all three of the ground operation stations do that with him. So that he's got everything he needs to bring the CG's, DCG's up to speed, for that particular meeting. Around between 1900 and 2100 we take that same (?) rep, with any additional late changes and we update the battle captain who
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has a staff update brief at 2100, and we bring him up to speed on Mazar Sharif, Bagram, Kabul,
Kandahar, Pakistan, and (?) Pakistan, and how those sites are fairing. One of the areas we
haven't looked at yet and hopefully won't have to is the (?) out west. Generally northern
Afgh .st4n, eastern Afghanistan and southern Afghanistan. We got forces on dip ground.
On1(0-2-1LT_: Sir could you describe in your opinion the personality of COLAS the chief of operations and the way he's wing the show, as far as operations.
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con-ect and concerned with perceptions, and feelings, and all the things that go along with that. comeis none of those things, and given the war setting we're in, I think that's a good thing.
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COIAllis a driven man, whose responsibility it is to make sure that the current operations of 15,000 troops in theater are all coordinated, all visible to his boss whose a 3 star general, and that those of his on his staff that are not pulling their weight, will pull their weight or go somewhere else. Given that we're in a war his concern for feelings is minimal. But, when you do a good job, he will be the first one to tell you that. He has put together a team out of Third Army, forces command, Fourth Infantry Division, 18th Airborne Corps, basically snips and parts from here and there, of people who have not worked together, and he's turned them into a cohesive team. He's helped to build a certain level of pride in us that comes with being a leader. We even have 2 Marine officers that ?;re onboard with us, and we work as though we've been doing this for years,
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and that is COLMbeing the focal point, and keeping our minds on the facts, that what we do is not a simple exercise. It has to do with real living, breathing people on the ground, some of who are going into harms way on a daily basis. He can be rough. When you screw up, he tells you you screwed up. It you make the same mistake again, that's three marks against you. But
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when you do a good job, he demands excellence, and when he gets excellence he tells you, he
gives you good feedback, both negative as well as positive. But he's not a touchy, feely kind of
guy. He's an infantry officer, probably 22-23 years, my guess, who knows how to move troops,
who knows how to lead. I don't think the current OPS would be in the shape it is, had COL b-G9-2_
not been as driven as he is. He comes in, I know I see him at 8:00 in the morning, and I know I
come in there at 11:00 at night and he is still there. He's been doing that for just about 60 days
now, without a break.
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• Personal comments I don't know are important in a historical sense but I think that what I have seen fi-om the CFLCC, and this is a reservist, coming on to active duty, after not being on active duty for about 10 years, 8 years. I had the belief at one point that the Army I left was not the Army that's here now. After the last 45 days, I've come to find that it is the same Army, it's just not been where I've been. That's all.
I9 t I want to classify this tape as secret [unclassified] for the caveats and information we've talked about in there. If you have no further questions sir that will conclude our interview. MAJIMIIIM: That'll do it.
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EFIT-130-029 CPT 1111/MillIM mAJONIND: This is Major_with the 130th Military History Detachment. Today's date is January 25th 2002, time is approximately 2:10 in the afternoon. Today
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MAJ_Your social security number.
CPT.: DELETED PER PRIVACY ACT 2., MAJ_Do you consent to this oral interview? ((o) ( — CPT 1110: Yes I do.
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CPT-. 3rd US Army, which is also the CFLCC Provost Marshall's office.
MAJ-: What is your position?

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MAJ How long have you been acting in this capacity?

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MAJ-Prior to coming onboard for Operation Enduring Freedom, where were
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CPT-We were located in Atlanta, where we did planning for this. In mid November we deployed out to Camp Doha Kuwait.
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Doha. We had an initial unit push out as an enabling package to get the COLC, which is where we're currently located at, up and operational. Upon receiving deployment orders, went through the normal deployment rigmarole. I believe on November 20th, we deployed here to Kuwait.
6)-2 MAJ_: Just in general, give me a little bit of the concept of the operation, the PMO operation that's going on right now. CPT_: The PM0 is divided up into 3, I would say distinct functions. 'The first function is obviously the plans group, which works with the CFLCC operational plans group. Again, we do all of the detailed planning. We also in plans take care of future operations, which is 72 hours out, from current operations. Then we have a current operations section which handles the day-to-day operations of the provost marshal. Additionally we have the security coordination's cell, which does all of the security for the bases a d forward deployed units, within the AOR.
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MAJ_A little bit about the deployment. Did you deploy with your full MTOE, or did you leave a lot of stuff behind, or are you a composite type of element?

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As far as the PM0 goes, we deployed with all of our personnel, minus a couple of the TPU's soldiers, which were left behind, and as well as our sergeant major, to sustain operations in that we moved forward. We were also augmented with TPU, I believe as of 1 November, with I think 12 TPU soldiers. As far as our MTOE equipment, we deployed with everything that we had. Which was redeploying from Bright Star, which was diverted to this location.
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CPA.. No, we've been augmented with reserve soldiers that are assigned to 3rd Army. They are drilling reservists, not individual augmentes. They do their 1 weekend a month and 2 weeks a year, which the 2 weeks normally consists of the exercises that we do here in Kuwait, Lucky Sentinel, or the war fighters that we do at the Army level headquarters, MAJiii-I-1; your opinion how do the reserve component soldiers help or hurt this op eran`(?‘) CPT 1111.: Well candidly they do bring a lot to the fight. Like any organization there are extremely good soldiers and then there are other soldiers who have lees than value added. Having worked my previous assignment before here as an ACRC, MP active duty advisor to all the MP units in the state of New York, I have a unique perspective on that. I think part of it comes down to training the individuals. Here at 3rd Army we definitely integrate them into our force flow as far as exercises and have them actually execute their wartime mission.

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operation, as you received it, from the commander?
CPT-: For which part, for OEF?
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CPT Ok. To the best of my recollection we started planning in early October for Operation Enduring Freedom, as far as the Afghan piece, and several other pieces subsequent to that, for follow on missions. CENTCOM did not publish their campaign plan until early December, which as a planner makes it difficult for us to plan, obviously our campaign plan. We indelibly we're going from crisis to crisis to crisis planning as on
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operational plans group. Working that piece on a day to day or a week-to-week basis, which when we finally got the vision for the overall plan, it made our life much easier, so that we could actually synchronize our efforts instead of piece milling our efforts into the
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MAJ11111 Have you found that to be a large problem with this whole operation that sometimes planning that needs to happen at a higher level, CENTCOM, Joint Chief of Staff, is not happening, and then the lower levels having to push it back up, to have it come bacls clown, in your opinion?
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CPT swop: In my opinion yes, I would think it's a re-occurring thing. There have been several occasions where we, the CFLCC staff have gotten a slide from CENTCOM to develop an overall campaign plan. We develop the plan and pushed it up to CENTCOM, they go ahead and manipulate it, put their fingerprint on it, and then send it back to us as their product. I don't necessarily know if it's their fault. I think with the rapid pace after September 11th, and to get something done and on the board, I can understand that. Again, from our perspective, from a planning perspective, we need to know what division is and most essentially the commander's intent, to be able to draft the correct plan, to fit the situation. MAJ_: Talk a little bit about the commander and the commander's intent, and the commander's personality. If you can walk we up through your chain of command, from the colonej up to GEN Ileikolashek, and how you see their personalities. CPT 111110: Well first of all our provost marshal COLW, hard working guy. Demands graduate level work obviously from his staff here. Consistently pushing us forward to go to the next level. As far as GEN Mikolashek he is, he's not Patton in the sense of his very
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boisterous, type attitude, but a very intelligent individual, who gives careful and
thoughtful consideration to all the plans we've developed, and has been able to take a
rather convoluted situation and give it at least some clarity to the plans group, to push
forward, to develop our plans to support OEF, as a whole.
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MAJ_: One of the areas I want to kind of talk about is a little bit about the high-
tech area that the Army is now entered in to. Mainly talking about computers, SIPR net,
NIPR net, has this worked? What happens when the SIPR net goes down, or the power
goes out and now you have a headquarters that cannot use computers,
CPAIIIM: Well to answer the first part of your question, I think that the evolution of
the technological age as far as the SIPR net obviously allows us to develop and transmit
information faster than any other time in previously recorded history. It is just that, it is a
valuable tool to be used, just one of many. It still doesn't replace someone actually being
on the ground and sending up reports. As far as contingency for
BM Being unable to access that information at critical times, unless you have it
backed up on your computer can be a stumbling block for planning, and most of all
pushing the information forward to the guys who really need it down in Kandahar. With
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the information age and having been stationed in Kandahar, we did have phone service
and we did have SIPR net. The phone communication was tenuous at best. _ \DV9-y
Again, baring any complications
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MAIM Having been forward into Kandahar, was there any evidence of micro management through the computers now and with the information flow that, say CENTCOM making a call that maybe a on the ground commander should be making?
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crionp: I don't know as far as working with the guys on the ground, Task Force 58, and the 26th MEU, I didn't see micro management at all, or if it was it was very limited, and fairly transparent to me. As far as the information from CFLCC and CENTCOM, there were incidences of information being pushed down, that was either irrelevant or OBE. Again, as you pointed out from someone who wasn't necessarily there on the ground. I think that's the danger. Information overload is a bad thing. I think most of the issues that we had with the SIPR net was RFI's that would come in from several individuals asking the same question. Which would be the cross talk between either the CENTCOM headquarters or the CFLCC headquarters.

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MAJ_Now, how long were you in Kandahar? CPT_: I was in Kandahar for 32 days. MAJ 1111111: Lets talk a little bit about Kandahar and the detainee operation. To start off I'd like a little bit to talk about the facilities. Can you describe the troop, our own troop facilities in Kandahar, when you were last there? CPT : What I'd like to do, start off initially and see the progression that we got to before I departed. Initially, conditions were open slit trench latrines. No showers, and MRE's, we were limited to 2 a day, and I believe 3 water bottles a day, before they got the (?) unit up. They were able to find several wells that they were able to tap into, which allowed the (?) units to at least purify water. The final state was that they did have one
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shower that was open 3 times a day. Due to the limited water supply there we were upped
to 3 MRE's a day and we had built several outhouses, with burm barrels.
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MAJ_Approximately how long ago was that?

CPT (1-Let me see, that was approximately 8 days ago.
MAJZ : We're at approximately day 132 or, close enough. What were the troops
living conditions?
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CPT 111111* Most of the guys, the Marines that were there, and soldiers there were

living in tents, mediums mainly for the Army and smalls. The Marines were mainly
living in small hexagon backpacking tents. There were also staff members who lived in
the airport, realizing that the airport terminal itself had to be improved due to various
bomb, gunfire damage as well. (Q (‘) -2
MAJ_fir: How about describe the perimeter, the fencing, wiring, sandbagging. (11 C) - /CPT 1111111.: Most of thepositions had standard fighting positions, with sandbags andN(-2.)------6r)V.?-7) - .--rljead,cover. On the". side of the terminal, theallside of the perimeter was ) ..._ ,)(2,).- '''' MIIIIIPalong the road was the connector road to highway. which was a road that 6j) (2) -7'.?,) (1-,Y2)---L_ (1c?)(2):1ran to Kandahar. On thealandilliiside itms(irettTuch the same as than' On (t)(2.-.7-thealside, we had (1,,,)(-2*-1 In which thealliniilli Th as approximatel off of the 63),(2)-I
active runway to theilli which limited the mobility and position of the fighting
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position to thee. The most fighting positions were about _off. Standard

fighting position construction, but as ar as (?) I don't thinIc we can get much better than a (1--4)(2-1Y1
that was there.111111111111111111that were in Kandahar were marked AY)
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side. One of the things we did find though, was over the years through erosion and the
climates, So we usually gave them about a
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MA Talking a little bit aboudINIIII, in you opinion arel111.1.1 effective obstacles?
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CPT411110% Absolutely they are. Depending on what the mix is, thallibthat
were there were great deterrents as far as anti personnel, which they were originally
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designed for_
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Talk a little bit more about the airfield. How critical is the airfield to our operatio,ns in Kandahar?

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CPAINO: Without the airfield it would be no operations in Kandahar.

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MAJMa Why do you say that? Take me into a little bit more detail of without an
airfield, we wouldn't have an operation.
CPTIONIMI:

Initially the airfield, the way it had been bombed by the Air Force was C130 capable for part of it. The CB's were great Americans and probably the finest engineers in the world. They worked day and night to keep that airfield up, to repair it, to repair the taxiways, and of course the active runway. When I left they were able to get in C17 capable aircraft. It was a continuing process, obviously the patches they were putting on the craters were temporary. It was a significant amount and realizing we're only doing operations due to the man pad threat that was located in the Kandahar region. Without the airfield we would be
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unable to bring in the logistics to support Task Force (?) and the 26 MEU Marines. Realizing initially that the Marines expeditionary force, the battalion landing team, had driven up from AO Rhino, to the airfield to bring up additional assets to get it C130 capable.

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MAJ_. So it wasn't (?), but it was highly dangerous?
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MAJOINOI: Do you know if the facility has come under attack?
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CPT 111111111k Yes it has. I've been there during several sniping and probing actions, as
well. Oen
MA_11111M.• Can you describe these in just a little bit of detail?

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CPT UMW The sniping attacks mainly lone gunman located to the north, east, or west of the active runway. They were taking potshots at soldiers going about, either improving fighting positions or conducting reconnaissance in the area. Mainly they were out of range, it was enough to get you moving into cover. Unfortunately the terrain there didn't lend itself to being able to return fire, as least from out perspective. The probing actions, I think occurred on the first night that we pushed up the detainee flight. Several individuals at the northeast corner of the airfield came out of a canal system and in a tunnel system that was preexisting to that location, shot at the aircraft. The aircraft executed emergency takeoff procedures and the Marines responded in kind with overwhelming firepower, as well as moving in with (?) troops, who is a local warlord, to sweep the area as well. The primary defensive setup that we had, to you asked earlier, obviously the Marines and now the 101st have the exterior perimeter. In addition to that you have the local Afghan
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military forces, AMF's, were out there working alongside our special operations individuals to develop a buffer zone between our parameter and any other forces that may want to do us harm. MAJ_Talk to me a little bit about the moral of the Marines and Army that are there. CPT_The soldiers and Marines there have excellent moral. They have been out there especially the 26th MEU and the 15th MEU, soldiers that were there. They realized they actually had a purpose in life and what they were doing was contributing in the fight against global terrorism. Specifically in Afghanistan and hunting for UBL and Al Qaeda and Taliban members.
(WO-7 MAJIMIS Walk me through a little bit about your change over from the Marines to the Army, and how that went, realizing you might have only been here for a small portion of it.
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CPT j11111 I think their relief in place went fairly well. Obviously when a new unit comes in they got policies they want to change. Some for the good, some that were doing it just to do it. Understanding that they want to set the tone for their soldiers as well. As far as at the task force level, know that the Marines were ready to complete the relief in place. I think the only stumbling block with the relief in place was the Marines really couldn't understand this part of it, why it was taking the Army for so long to get there to do the relief in place. Obviously there was some airflow issues, getting enough aircraft to go up there. Realizing that the Marines have their own aviation assets to include MC130's and that they already had pre staging bases in Pakistan. It made it easier I believe for them to get into there, whereas the 101st was coming from CONUS.
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yams. Lets move into a slightly different area and talk a little bit about the
detainees. Can you describe the detainee facilities in Kandahar?
(W(‘)-(
CPTAIIII: Initially the detainee facility was enclosed in a mud wall perimeter with 2 buildings inside. One building had no roof or no sides. The other building was constructed or corrugated steel. We inside had sectioned it off into 7 different compartments. Each compartment capable of handling 10 individuals for 6 of them the

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last compartment was an isolation unit that we had. We had 111111111111111111 plus a
WM= Also within this mud wall construction there was an office space for (1-Y1)
operations center and our QRF. There weredientrances to the facility. One that we had
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blocked if initially, which would have been Inn gate, with limited access to one

(1)M-L
entrance, where we also brought it the detainees. The facility initiall had MOM
of the wall. With
processing tent that we had inside of the facility. On the outside we also had a holding
area. Additionally we had a flight line holding area so that when the detainees would

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arrive, we would move them in groups o _in which they were shackled by the hands and feet and we would run 5/50 cord through their left arms with a guard on either side of them. If a detainee was going to cause us problems, you could yank on the 50/5 cord and
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drop the whole lot of them. Additionally to the movement with those *ndividuals, we
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had security_andepwith M16 or M4's.
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MAJ 111111 Now where were the detainees arriving fi-om?
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CPT-Detainees were arriving from several locations. There was (?) Pakistan, (?) Pakistan, Bagram, (?) prison in the north, and (?), located in northern Afghanistan.
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Additionally due to do direct action operations with special operating forces, they were
bringi ones and twos to us fi-om those direct actions.
MAJ-• Can you walk me through the screening process, once the detainees have
arrived into the facility and the location?

(L)(0CPA.. Well mainly the screening process was done forward. The original plan was is that military intelligence team, or MID teams, would go out to various locations in coordination with Special Forces who are working with the local Afghan resistance organizations. There was established screening criteria in which they had to meet. Were they Al Qaeda, if they were Al Qaeda they would come to our location at the short term holding facility at Kandahar. Direct actions from special operating forces that obviously they would have sealed orders to snatch and grab selected individuals that were either Al Qaeda or high level Taliban. Once the individuals were screened forward they would be brought to our location, in which we would conduct a follow up screening followed with follow up interrogation of these individuals to exploit for tactical operational and strategic level information. (15)() - 2-MAIM Do you know if we are turning any detainees back into the streets? ' -I
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CPT-• From our location, no. I believe your referring to repatriation. We do not
do any repatriation. We did do 1 change of custody though. I believe approximately 60
detainees that had been brought from Pakistan, were deemed not meeting the criteria, and (1..;)_-71_60 7.)-3 they wexe returned to (?) Pakistan, oneseparate flights of 0--.) \_) MAJ.. Were the detainees allowed visitors?
I CPT-. No they were not. Well, let me caveat that by saying, if you classify the
international committee of the Red Cross, they were allowed obviously to come in. They
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were there from the first time that we received the first batch of detainees, and they would come when we got a new group in to register them and put them into ICRC system. Follow on once our population grew, they were there everyday.
(L9)-a MAJ mop Do you know if you had any problems, and I don't want to use the word problems, but issues within the international Red Cross and some of the world organizatio that have assumed the over watch position on the detainee operations?
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CP-Well the RCIC initially was fairly helpful. They were able due to our limited ability here, to stuff in. They did purchase socks, gloves, and hats for the detainees. There was one incidence of the night that the first detainee flight came under attack, there was a. You may want to stop it now.
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MAJ-I'll be stopping the tape for just one second. At this time I'm going to go ahead and up the classification due to the next subject that we discuss upon here, upon proper dec assification. The tape will now carry a TS clearance. [Unclassified]
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, from_which are the MI interrogation teams. That___1_c.-) -
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through (?) andthat the ICRC had either wittingly or unwittingly tipped off b(3) -i--
individuals that had lead to the ambush of the aircraft.
, which could have
lead to the ambush of the aircraft. It is speculation on my part, inil.11.1111111111
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But the chances of (.?) -probability of them hitting the C17 that was flying out at the exact time.
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insure that we were complying vvith all the accords of the Geneva Prisoner of
War Convention. The information that Thad found out ater on from the Air Force liaison
(b)_ 3 there was
and this is where the human intelligence
comes in, where they had talked to an individual that was observed and overheard by
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to us at the time. They were more than likely Al Qaeda, and realizing that Kandahar is the
heartland of Taliban/A1 Qaeda country, and that there are still many bad guys out there_
The probability of them getting this information and hitting a flight at the exact time that
it was boosting off, in my opinion is more than coincidental.
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MAMIE. Lets get back a little bit on the detainees and them coming through. How are they fingerprinted and identified for future reference?
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CPA.. Well, to do that I will walk you through the process for in processing. Detainees are moved from a bolding area, currently located on the outside wall of the facility, which is blocked by a visual screen of sheet metal and conex's, to a. processing
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tent. They are moved one by onc, b The detainees have blindfolds
on, they are shackled at their feet, and they also have handcuffs with their hands behind them. From this point they are moved to a search pit, which we look for any explosive devices, anything that can harin themselves or the guards on the inside. FTOM that point they are call forwarded to an initial processing station where the military intelligence and the MP's have laptops and they get the basic biographical data from the individual.
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Name, what their associations are, Taliban, Al Qaeda, other. They are also, date of birth and any pertinent other personal information that we can put into this system to identify these guys. From that point they are de-robed of their clothes, and they are moved to a medical processing station where a doctor or certified physicians assistant conducts a full exam of them. They look for scars, looks into their eyes to make sure there's nothing wrong there, identifies any wounds or any other things that may need medical treatment. From that point they are moved to a station were they are given a bracelet, which has their identification number on it, which is the MP number that we use locally. Before they fly out they are given ISN number, which is the international way of identifying detainees. From that point they are moved to a processing station where several organizations to include the FBI, criminal investigation division for the military, and other government organizations take fingerprints, photographs, and DNA samples. DNA samples were done actually in 2 ways. One was through hair follicle and the other way was through blood. From that point they were moved and they are given a blue jumpsuit, they are robed at that point, they are also given their issue of clothing. Which includes a mat, 2 afghan blankets, which are extremely thick, a hat, gloves, sandals, and then they are escorted to our maximum security area to be held for that night. After they are placed
6.) in their cell and we in process anywhere fromaillIdetainees which would come in a flight, the military intelligence individuals would go ahead and conduct their intgrrogations of them from that point. ((6)-2--MAJIIM Can you tell me what type of condition the detainees are coming in? Have they been eating regularly? Are they starving to death? Are they well?
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CPTIlaia: Well, that's really a double-edged sword. We've had several detainees come in that have come in that were fit that actually had fat on them, and they were mainly leaders of the Al Qaeda or Taliban. They were well kept, they had showered, you could tell they have eaten, and they were in fairly good physical condition. Others that had come from various locations were in more rough shape. Individuals that were border lining on dehydration, malnourishment. They hadn't taken a shower in months, hiding out in the caves. Additionally we've had individuals that came in with gun shot wounds, amputations, lice, and various other health problems. We put them into the poor medical condition category.
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MAJIMPt In you opinion do you feel they will get better care inside the detention facilit than they were getting prior to detention?
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CPT_. Absolutely. Now some of the detainees did come in with, they had received medial treatment prior to them getting to us. But the Navy, Marine, the Air Force and the Army medical system that we had established worked very well. We in the facility, we even had a medical hold area. We had a hardback GP medium tent, which is a GP medium with built up sides, a hard deck floor, which had a surgical, fully operational surgical room in it. The other side of that had a post operation area, and then we also had two other tents that we had established for our medical individuals as well, so they could receive care from the general population.
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MAME" Do you know if we've had any detainees die while in US care?
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CPA.. To the best of my knowledge, and at the short term holding facility, no detainees died.
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MAIM& Can you tell me why we're calling the detainees, detainees, not POW's or crimipals,,or any other term we might want to put on to them? CPTIMIND: That's a really good question. I know policy letter that came down from the secretary of defense on what the individuals captured or transfen-ed to us from other custody would be called. I do know this though, that all people that came through the short term holding facility were treated as enemy prisoners of war, as according to the Geneva Prisoner of War convention, or the GPW. All though they did not receive the status of those individuals. So the treatment was according to the GPW. Their status according to the GPW, you have EPW's, you have civilian internees, and you have other detainees. Currently the individuals that we are holding are considered other detainees.
(LA'
gm Approximately how many detainees have we detained?

(-6)( )
CPT_From which location? LY -mAJaim As many as you can speak to me about. (W4) --CPT 1111110: I can speak to you about the short term holding facility. When I left I
believe we had a population of 369 individuals that had been processed through. With
several fliets going out to Guantanamo Bay Cuba.
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MAMIE. Do you expect that number to increase or decrease?
C PT WNW : I would expect that the population, in my own opinion, and again that's a
really good question. I think we've kind of hit the peak right now, for operations. I don't
think out population will get more than what we currently have, which is 369.

t14-c)(‘)--2_, MA4E10 What are we feeding the detainees, MRE's or local type food or let them forage on their own?
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CPA.. It's kind of hard for them forage on their own, being incarcerated by us. The detainees are being fed 3 meals a day. For the morning and evening meal they have MRE's, minus the MRE heater, spoon, and accessory packs which could be used as weapons. For their mid meal they were given a loaf of pita bread which is probably about 6 inches in yridth and about 12-14 inches long and about an 1/8 of an inch thick.
(1)(6)-2,
How do they like the MRE in your opinion, or do you see them scoff at it or do the woof it down and clean it up?
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CPT_I think they, they ate everything that they were given. I don't think that was an issue. In additional to the MRE's, they were given plenty of water, as well to go with that. So water was consistently replenished on an hourly basis, to make sure they were properly hydrated. Again, being one of the medical conditions that they come in with, to, make sure they maintain their health.
aiiicifi? MAJ_: What other items are issued to the detainees? You know we brought up they were given a jump suit, the afghan blankets. To the best of your recollection did we provide them with, or were they provided with Bibles, Koran's?
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CPT NM Yes. Not everyone had a Koran. When we ran out of supply obviously they had to share the Koran, bit initially everyone did have a Koran, provided by the ICRC.
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MAJMIND Reading materials?
-CPTailllit No reading materials. The only written material to my best recollection that they were allowed was the Red Cross message that they would send home. The Red Cross messages before they were sent out were actually went ahead and scrubbed my military intelligence, to make sure there were no coded messages or given away their location.
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MAJMIllik Were they allowed any visitors or any? ( CPT WM: Outside of the ICRC, no visitors were allowed. (-)MAJ MEM 'What did the detainees do all day, during the long day? CPT_: Mainly the detainees outside of reading their Koran's and police calling their own cells for hygiene and any other objects that would be in there, pretty much laid arou 1.1% MAJ_Do you know if we had any escapes or attempted escaped? CPT_No attempted escapes and no escapes, to the best of my knowledge. MAJ_What about any detainees maybe getting suicidal? CPT_. No suicidal detainees. The only thing we did find during shake down of the cells, which occur periodically. )(6_(b)(6) MAJ_: This is MAJ.0111 the time is now five to three. We've had to break, the captain had to go into a meeting. This is MAJ it is now 26 January, the time is approximately 1:55pm and we are going to continue with this interview. Captain the last time we were talking you were talking about the detainees and finding some contraband in their cell and problems you've been having with the detainees. If you could kind of pick up where we left off. CPT_: Ok, no problem. We were finding homemade weapons. A couple of different varieties. One was a stick that they were finding in their cells that they were sharpening. Others were to include MRE spoons that had been left in the MRE package, which they were breaking off and fashioning, into weapons. Additionally when we moved into the new part of the expanded part of the short term holding facility. On the dirt floor they were finding shell fragments, which they were sharpening and preparing to
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use for weapons. Fortunately for us we had really observanallInguards that were able to catch these items, find the individuals in most cases that were responsible for it, and be able to subsequently enact punishment on those individuals as setting an example for the rest of the detainees. Additionally the psychological conditions of the detainees kind of changed a whole perspective I guess of the camp. Initially when we only had 17 and then as our numbers gew, detainees were very compliant. As more numbers came in and as the longer they stayed there they became more deviant. In addition to again, thinking of ways to escape, though there was a little bit more active resistance among the individuals more individuals that we had to penalize, especially in the cases of talking in large groups. Which of course we didn't allow as a security concern.
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MAJ ow.: Let me back up just a little bit, you talked about punishment, if a detainee was making a shank or a home made weapon, what would be their corrective punishment or discipline that would be in place.
(.f)--:)(C) CPT 1111111111: The discipline that we enacted, a couple of things. Obviously if an individual is making a homemade weapon they would be put into solitary confinement for one or two days depending on his disposition. Additionally we would have follow up interrogations with the military intelligence folks to find out what their mindset is. For simple infi-actions in the facility, we mainly have three levels of punishment. The first one was we would put them in sort of a time out position for 30 minutes. We would put them in a stress position, which is having them on their knees facing away from the group, with their hands interlocked behind their head. If they committed another infraction, and these are cumulative, whether it be a 2 hours a day or whatever, they
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would go into isolation for 24 hours. If they continued to resist our commands then they would be put into isolation the entire time, until they left.

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MAJ_: I would take it there are set procedures for how long they can be in isolation, olicy SOP's procedures, written doctrine, guidance? C P T_: Roger. Really the rules of the camp, I guess I should start with that. When each detainee comes into the facility they are read the rules of the camp and they either signed the document in their language or the interpreter indicated that it had been read to them. Additionally all the rules for the camp were posted in each of the cells and throughout the camp in various languages. I think there were 6 or 7 different languages when I left, that were there so they understood what the rules were.
OV6)-2, MAJ um Just sideline but less I forget, do you think you can get me a copy of these rules, through your chain of command? (0-1 CPT_Yes I could do that. I could probably give you a copy of the SOP which has the rules and our basic Arabic commands as well in there. (6)(C)-MAJ map Great, I'd be much impressed in collecting one of those for an artifact.
-1 CPT_Ok.
MAJ_You were talking about they are now becoming a little bit more resistant, lets continue on that vein.
(6) -CPT Sure, again the whole psychological perspective of the detainees was changing, as the initial shock fi-om being captured, or transfen-ed to us from other agencies. Initially they were fairly compliant. The more time that they spent in the short
term holding facility, the more openly belligerent they became, the more deviant they became, which of course makes it more dangerous for us and for them. Mainly looking,
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different looks that we would get, more deviant in their eyes. They would become more
accustom, they knew that we weren't going to treat them anyway other than according to the Geneva Prisoner of War Convention. Which of course as know we don't beat them, we don't torture them. They were being fed 3 meals a day, they had their blankets, etc.
So, again a part of their deviance and belligerence I believe too was, they were becoming more nourished, if you will. I've already talked about the conditions that they were coming in. So as their strength built up, their will to resist also I believe built up as well.
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MAJ In your opinion do you think that they were starting to realize that they were being given more care, better care and they could also be defiant and resistant where as if they came out or they were defiant or resistant with their previous captors, what do you call them the anti Taliban or Afghan forces they would be treated differently?
(C)(6)-- I CPT NM: Yes, definitely. I do, that is a true statement as far as I know. How are our soldiers handling this? Are they grumbling amongst themselves, that we're giving the detainees to many rights? How are they handling that?
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mission that they have to do.
Obviously the environment up there doesn't lend itself to that. The only gnimbling that I heard about were about the ICRC.
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MAJOR. Do you know if the detainees think they were ever going to be killed at any point, like put up against (?) and shot? Again this is your opinion with some of the acts or the way they're feeling all of the sudden they don't know their in this foreign environment.
a,)(6) I think the first couple of groups of detainees we got from various other organizations, they had been told prior coming into US custody that they were going to be killed and tortured by the US. They did cause a little problem to us, but after they got into the processing through us and our interrogators calming them down, I think they understood. It's like anything else, actions speak louder than words, and after a couple of days there they realized that they weren't going to be killed or tortured. Oc,)((e) MAJ _1111111\_Again that's all here say, we don't have much substance. ( *Yfi., — 1cpraim Right. The only information we did get though was through interrogations and that's what these detainees were telling us that they were told before they got here. I haven't been able to confirm that though.
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MAJ_Now are we keeping the leaders separate? How are we, obviously some are communal areas. How are we keeping the figureheads away from the rest of the detainees? CPT_Basic segregation policies within the facility where leaders were segregated into there own cell. We also had the general population which was the bulk of the detainees and then there were also other detainees that were through interrogations and through the information we received on them prior to them showing up, that were considered extremely dangerous. They were segregated either in ones and twos or isolated entirely by themselves.
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MAJIIIM Going back to kind of the detainees, do you know if they're using any type of tapping, Morse code. Obviously in some of our own doctrine we have some POW codes and tap codes and communication codes. CPT_. Well, one of the things that we try to do in segregation was get as many different languages together in one of the 20 man cells as possible, to limit their ability to communicate. Obviously most of them do speak various forms of Arabic. Arabic being the common one. We have a lot of guys patched in, but as far as Morse code or any other signs, we haven't been able to detect that up to this point, or that we witnessed. MAJ_Lets move on into a little bit different area, media and outside world opinion. In your opinion can you see how this is affecting our operation? Obviously we have the International Red Cross looking over our shoulders and various other humanitarian groups, civil groups, anything you want to name it. How do you think this is affecting out operation? CPT_Well, not being prvied to a lot of the outside media sources I really can't. MAJ_We're talking about the International Red Cross and outside influences and world opinion, if we can just kind of pick up right there.
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which wasn't going to happen. Again I really can't comment on outside media impressions, from rny perspective because I haven't really been involved with that, being isolated as I was.
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CPT 1111111: Ok. Out-processing usually the morning before they're transported, we
would go ahead and call out the individuals who were going to be moved. Preferably the
night before we grouped them all together, as part of our SOP in the facility we would
on a consistent basis so we didn't give them any signals that they were being moved. We moved them one at a time fi-om that cell, out to the out-processing area, which is also the in-processing tents. The first station they would go to is they would have their heads shaved and beards shaved, mainly for sanitary effect. A lot of these guys had different lice and fleas, and that type of stuff They were also deloused at thatpointras well.
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MAJOIM: Let me talk about real quick before we move on, on shaving their beards. Are they protesting, are they doing this willingly? (1-i)(f)
I doubt they are doing it willingly, but we didn't have any physical or verbal altercations with any of the detainees when I was there, of shaving their beards. It was explained to them through an interpreter that we were doing it for sanitary. A lot of the detainee in their beards they have the eggs of larvae, for various different bugs and fleas. So they didn't protest to the best of my lcnowledge. Then from that point they move to another station where we did the out processing paperwork. They were given another medical exam, to see what their condition was prior to and of course leaving the facility. Again they were, pictures were taken of them, because obviously they look different. Any individual that needed to have re-DNA samples done was done at that time. Then the Air Force would go ahead and put them, we would take them out of the blue jumpsuit. The Air Force would put them into an orange jumpsuit with orange socks, orange sneakers, and they also had feet shackles, cause we got ours back, and the Air Force would put
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theirs on. They also put handcuffs on them along with a bellyband, to secure them. Prior to the flight, they would go ahead and put on goggles with tape over them, and earmuffs, earmuffs again to protect them fi-om the aircraft noise as they were flying.
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the shelf shackles?
CP_Yes. Smith and Wesson I believe is the brand that they were using.

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CPT_IIIi: No. All standard law enforcement hand shackles and feet shackles. At this point after they had been re-robed and had their new hand and iron shackles put on them. They were moved to the final station where all the property that came in with the detainees, money, personal effects, were signed over to the Air Force representative there and they would go into the holding area. While they were in the holding area they would be fed their mid meal which was bread and water. The pita bread again, like we discussed earlier. They would wait there until the aircraft arrived. Normally the aircraft, actually all
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groups of 'lout to the flight line where they would be transferred over to the Air Force escorts that were there, as well as their property as well. Property mainly consisted of personal effects, fingerprint cards, DNA samples, photographs of the individuals. Again that signing over process would be with the OIC of the Raven team which is the Air Force SP's that were escorting them, or the MP's fi-om GTMO, the Army MP's from
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Again, I'm trying to get to view what the detainees are going through. How do you think they felt about, for most of them this was their first flight in an airplane. CPT_Actually it would have been their second flight. Most of the detainees came in by C130. The aircraft that they were using was a modified C17, with troop seats in the row and two comfort pallets on the bed, for sanitary reasons. We did note that during the medical exam they had evaluated blood pressure and heart rates. Obviously they knew something was up because, the shaving, new uniforms, and that type stuff. Really no problems from the detainees. I mean again they were under total positive control of us and then transfer to the Air Force. We didn't have any incidences while I was there, of resistance.
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MAJ MIS I realize I'll probably have follow up interviews with the aircrews. I take it their locked into their seats?
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.6)(6') -mAJIMII. There's an innovation and I don't know if you know anything about it, something called like a kitty box or anything like that.
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CPT'_: Sure, most of the detainees came in with civilian's clothes on initially and obviously we were able to get blue jumpsuits for forward units. The stuff that was retained property that would be given back to them was, money, we did find some significant amounts of money, watches, rings, personal artifacts to include photographs and pictures. While they were at the short term holding facility we allowed them to have none of that because that stuff could be used as weapons. As far as intelligence value and weapons they were mainly taken from the guys that were either the capturing unit and forwarded up through a different channel or retained by whichever other government organization or country that had captured them.
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MAJ_It's pretty much one of our duties to collect historical artifacts, if I wanted to search for some of the both friendly artifacts we use the jumpsuits, like chains, handcuffs, and detainee type artifacts, what would be your suggestion?
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able to get you a blue jumpsuit, handcuffs, leg irons, and the blankets that we issue them,
the floor mats, and some of the civilian attire that we originally used before we had (‘)-jumpsuits to the detainees. Additionally Captain_is the Air Force special security
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forces OIC on the ground and I'm sure he could hook you up with the Air Force orange
apparaps that they use.
(6)MAJOIND: Moving along, photographs. I know that no civilian media are supposed to
be taking photos of the detainee operations facilities. Obviously we've seen some on N(2")--1
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CNN where one of these guys are shooting with DIM lenses fi-om off Do you know anybody who has taken a lot of photographs of the operation? We're interested in collecting them for historical purposes. CPT I do have photographs of the short term holding facility that I was using to put together for the AAR and also for additional proposals that we had for the short term holding facility. I do have a collection of those. Of the facilities within the short term holding facility, the different segmented areas that we have, the maximum security holding area, and I do have pictures from the inception of it to what it looked like right before I left.
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MAJ_: I'd be very interested, are those digitals or wet?
CPTiilifl_—:IDigital, and I do have some hard copies.
MAJ 'all_-: Great. We can talk off line on submittal of those for historical purposes.
What uestions have I not asked that you think should be answered during this interview?
CPT_: Well there are a couple of things. I don't know if I've covered this yet.
There was the inception of the plan that we had initially forged for this operation for MP
force structure was pretty much what the end state looks like right now. Due to force caps
I think that has been, that there's been a constraint on this operation as far as detainee
operations and MP operations overall. There has been the force cap that was either self
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putting into the Afghan theater of operation was an MP battalion headquarters, with one
company initially in Rhino to run the short term holding facility or collection point. Then of course moving to Kandahar when ALO rhino closed down. A company in K2, Uzbekistan, and a MP company up in Bagram. That force structure was cut to a company minus with a lot ordered yet in K2, and eventually we had to jump through many, many hoops to get the force structure that we have now in place, after the need was realized. What is the other thing? Oh, overall detainee operation, when we started planning for this operation in October, the mind set was we weren't going to take any detainees. The original plan had them flying out afloat to one of the carrier battle groups that was there and then eventually to the fleet that _t ere. We did have some high profile individual's fly directly out there. _being one of them, and a couple other Al Qaeda members. Not the most effective and that was one of the constraints also that we had, that no country surrounding the perimeter of Afghanistan would allow us to put in a holding area, a temporary holding area for detainee operations. So eventually it was settled on to put it in Afghanistan. Then of course the debate on where of if we were going to put the long interment resettlement holding facility, which is now at GTMO. Several proposals were floated, GTMO was one of the choices, Midway Island was one, (?), and we also floated using regional confinement facility that had been closed down in that states at Ft. Carson, predominately to house the detainees. mAJom(446-Do you think the detainee facility in Cuba is the best choice?
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MAJUIII: If somebody was going to listen to this in 50 years or 100 years, what else
do you want them to know about this operation? (10)(C)CPT 1111/1: I think the first thing would be is that all the detainees that came into our care and custody control were treated in accordance with the Geneva Prisoner of War convention. There was no brutality going on. I think an understanding of how exactly this operation started the genesis of this operation started, with initially being with force caps, which I think, as I said before really limited our ability to conduct the operation in a doctrinal way. I guess that would be another thIng, is the doctrinal aspect of this whole operation was a guide but we're writing doctrine here. Doctrinal EPWCI operations and the way you construct either a core holding area, which is really what the short term holding facility is, or a internment resettlement facility were pretty much thrown out the window based on the type of individuals that we were getting. The facility that we operate in Kandahar is more of a maximum security prison, with individuals who are probably a little bit more dangerous than maximum security individuals, because the have the intent, and they have the training as compared to most criminals, formal training. As terrorists and obviously demonstrated by September 11th, they have vivid imaginations on how to pull this stuff off NV() — MAJ.'S Have we run across any thing about the instate of what happens when eventually we can't hold them as detainees forever and ever and ever? Has there been any talk or discussion of any of these guys ever come home, how to do that? When I say come home, return back to Afghanistan.
(t) — CPT-: As far as repatriation, that part I'm not very familiar with. I know there has
been talk about that. I think there's really two veins. Once we have screened or vetted
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these individuals as far forward, like in Afghanistan, or wherever the detainees were coming from, these were pretty much the bad seeds. I know there are two different tracks though, that they were going to prosecute these individuals that were going to GTMO either through DOD channels, which would be a military tribunal, for their crimes, or through the department of justice. Mainly with the FBI's elite, to prosecute them in civil
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were there to do the initial in processing. Also LT he was the OIC of the reinforcing Marine MP's from the 15th MEU.
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(10)(6:44 MAJOIS: Well I appreciate it, and with that I will be concluding this interview.
Thanks very much.
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