Army Memo re: Guidelines for the Interrogation of Prisoners

Army Memo from Provost Marshall re: Guidelines for the Interrogation of Prisoners. This memo lays out the prohibition on striking of prisoners by interrogators. Holds Military Police (MP) solely responsible for all actions and deems them accountable "regardless of the fact that they were outranked, quoted a regulation/policy they were not familiar with, or simply bullied into compromising our standards." MPs are instructed to immediately notify their supervisor if any questionable behavior during interrogation, an supervisor will log the action and make immediate contact to the Provost Office.

Doc_type: 
Non-legal Memo
Doc_date: 
Saturday, October 11, 2003
Doc_rel_date: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Doc_text: 

AFYB-PM 11 Oct 03
MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD
Subject: DCCP guidelines for the interrogation of prisoners.
1. Effective immediately the following guidelines are in effect for the TFIH DCCP. Accordingly, the 4'h MP CO will:
a. Have all personnel assigned duties at the DCCP to include MP, CI and augmentee's or unit leadership overseeing operations at the facility read this policy letter.
b. Keep on hand a roster signed by all individuals that they are aware of these policies.
2.
Read the TFIH DCCP SOP.

3.
Read the Commanding General's DCCP policy letter dated 21 Sep 03.

4.
Be briefed on Division FRAGO 1291.

5.
Receive a class on the Geneva conventions as it applies to the treatment of detained persons.

6.
Only MP and designated augmentee's will possess (touch) a riot baton. Under no circumstances will a soldier of any other MOS or duty position possess a baton or any other weapon while inside of the DCCP. Specifically, interrogators will not possess a weapon of any type while in the proximity of detainee's. If interpreters are in fear of a prisoner, then they will request an MP to be present during the interview.

7.
Only the three designated interrogation tents are authorized for detainee screening. That is it—period. The senior MP present is responsible to ensure that this is enforced, I hold you personally responsible for any violation of this policy. Interrogation tents will have as a minimum, one side up at all times, viewable by an MP. If a request is made to put all sides down, then an MP will be present inside of the tent.

8.
Interrogators (CI) are not authorized to physically strike, in any manner, a detainee. MP will detainee as subjects all personnel striking a prisoner that is not directly related to the safeguarding of other prisoners or themselvesdAW the ROE or in the prevention of imminent harm to other persons working within the facility.

9.
Temporary re-arranging of cell's by other than MP is not authorized. MP will adhere to established guidelines for separation and categorization. Exceptions will be approved by myself or the DPM.

10.
If MP witness any questionable behavior during the questioning of detainee's they will immediately notify their supervisor who will log the action and make immediate contact to the Provost Office.

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11.
TF-20 personnel will abide by our guidelines regarding the detention of their detainee's. They will routinely 'sign out' a detainee for various reasons. In order to do so they must possess a signed cover sheet with the division Chief of Staffs signature. This will have a date beside it—for each and every time. The unit will call the PMO to verify a sign out has been authorized. TF-20 is authorized to question persons within the DCCP at any time at one of the designated tents and under the same conditions as CI personnel.

12.
Military Police are solely responsible for all actions within the DCCP. This authority is not delegated in any manner to any other person working inside of the facility. I will hold MP accountable for all actions that occur regardless of. the fact that they were out ranked, quoted a regulation/policy they are not familiar with, or simply bullied into compromising our standards.

1111111111111 MAJ(P), MP
Provost Marshal
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3246
Doc_type_num: 
63