Army Memo re: Interview of Ghecko Detention Facility Commander

Army Questionnaire: Questions for the Commander of the Ghecko Detention Facility concerning his observations and experience in dealing with detainees, training before deployment and Rules of Engagement. The questionnaire appears to be in response to the accusations of detainee abuse and an effort to elicit information on the matter.

Non-legal Memo
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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CJTF180-IG 18 February 2004
SUBJECT: Interview of Ghecko Detention Facility Cdr (ODB 320 Cdr) 16 Feb 04
L The CJTF180 IG interviewed the Ghecko ODB Cdr and asked these questions
Q: Do you have a unit SOP to take, handle, and care for prisoners/detainees/PUCs?
A: Yes.
Q: How soon do you hand over PUCs to MPs?
A: 72 hours.
Q: Is mistreatment of a PUC a Serious Incident Report (SIR)?
A: It would be. SF is watching to keep control. Guards would be briefed to report it.
Q: Did your unit train on Law of War prior to deploying or during deployment?
A: Yes, it was a prerequisite for deployment. It was only a class not hands on.
Q: Where do you maintain your training records?
A: Back at Bragg. We would use a sign-in roster.
Q: What do you use to track and account for captured personnel?
A: Biometrics database and folder on each person. Capturing unit uses a locally made DA Form 4137 and we use the receipt for Detained Persons.
Q: How to you account for money taken from captured/detained personnel?
A: The same form, DA Form 4137 is sent forward. The evidence room is the intelligence room.
Q: What do you allow a captured/detained person to keep on their person?
A: Nothing, Nothing.
Q: Does your SOP cover the 5S's?
A: No
Q: Does your SOP include the date of capture, grid coordinates of capture, and how the person was captured?
A: Yes.
Q: How do you prevent physical or mental torture or coercion of the detained person?
A: No physical abuse is allowed. We are not allowed to touch the detainee. It is not part of the interrogation.

Interview of Ghecko Detention Facility Cdr (ODB 320 Cdr) 16 Feb 04
Q: If a detained person refuses to answer your questioning can you? Can you threaten the Detainee? Can you insult the Detainee?
A: Hasn't been a practice. It is unacceptable. You wouldn't be here a long time if you did.
Q: Would you let OGA (Other Government Agencies) use their Tactic, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP) in your facility?
A: We do not let them to use their TTPs.
Q; How do you take care of the prisoners basic needs for food, water, clothing, shelter,
medical treatment?

A: We have the means to purchase something like clothes. They have the clothing they came in with and we have a doctor on station ( our SF medics 18D). They get 3 meals a day and if they don't eat we force-feed them.
Q: Do you keep detainees near fuel, ammo, or commo equipment?
A: No
Q: Do you believe that you are required to report acts of poor treatment of prisoners or
detainees/PUCs? . A: Yes
Q: Do you know who you could report violations of prisoners' rights to?
A: IG, local MPs, or SJA.
Q: Have you any knowledge or ever witnessed anyone murder anyone?
A: No
Q: Have you any knowledge or ever seen anyone torture or beat anyone?
A: No
Q: Have you any knowledge or ever seen anyone deprive a PUC of their 5 senses? If so, why and for how long?
A: Yes, during capture and movement. It is not used as a form of punishment.
Q: Have you any knowledge or seen anyone cruelly treat or degrade a PUC?
A: Haven't seen it.
How do you treat PUCs or detainees? Good/Fair/Poor? Good, but it is hard to treat them without passion.

How do you safeguard a PUC against public curiosity? Good/Fair/Poor

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CJTF180-IG Interview of Ghecko Detention Facility Cdr (ODB 320 Cdr) 16 Feb 04
A: Good, we don't parade them around and we have an outer security for our operations. There are limited personnel who have contact with the PUCs. PUCs don't fascinate us. Further we use goggles and have to assist them. Use helicopters to transport the PUC.
Q: Has anyone ever taken a picture of a PUC?
A: Part of in processing. No one takes photos of PUCs.
Q: What is the rule for deadly for against a PUC in the event that they are escaping?
A: Not allowed to use deadly force. It won't be the first choice. We would tackle him.
2. POC is the undersigned at
MAJ, IG CJTF180 Inspector General