Army Memo: Current Prison Investigations

This memo provides an up-date on the status of seven (7) investigations in to detainee abuse. No author, date or agency is cited.

Non-legal Memo
Sunday, January 30, 2005


At least seven investigations have been launched into allegations of abuse by U.S.
personnel at military prisons. See below for details:

Guantanamo Naval Base
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asks Navy inspector general in May to investigate
the prisons at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and at the Charleston, S.C., Naval Station Brig,
where war-on-terror detainees are being held.
Follow-up: Ongoing

Bagram, Afghanistan
Investigation into the deaths of two inmates in December 2002, at Bagram Air Base in
Afghanistan after complaints by human rights groups. Military coroners rule the deaths
Follow-up: Ongoing, although the military says that procedures have been modified at
the Afghan facility.

Abu Ghraib, Iraq: Criminal investigation Criminal investigation into the treatment of Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad after complaints made by a soldier in January 2004. Follow-up: Six Army soldiers from the 800th Military Police Brigade charged in March with various offenses including dereliction of duty, cruelty and maltreatment, assault and indecent acts.

Abu Ghraib, Iraq: Taguba report Gen. Ricardo Sanchez orders an investigation in January into abuses at Abu Ghraib to be conducted by Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba. -Follow-up: In a lengthy report, Taguba concludes in March that "several U.S. Army - -soldiers have committed egregious acts and grave breaches of international law." Six noncommissioned and commissioned officers receive letters of reprimand.

Abu Ghraib, Iraq: Military intelligence Army Maj. Gen. George Fay, the service's deputy chief of staff for intelligence, launches an investigation in May into the possible involvement of military intelligence personnel in the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison. Follow-up: Ongoing

Army reserve: Training Lt. Gen. James R. Helmly, chief of the Army Reserve, orders an investigation in May into the state of training of Army Reserve units. The 800th is an Army Reserve unit based at Fort Totten, N.Y. Follow-up: Ongoing

Worldwide Army's inspector general office in February launches an investigation of "detention

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operations around the world" to ensure humane, normal policies are followed. Follow-up: Ongoing
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