CIA Memo re: April 28, 2004 60 Minutes program on detainee abuse in Iraq

CIA summary of 60 Minutes program on detainee abuse in Iraq. The summary details the program's review of the released Abu Ghraib photos and some of the U.S. army officials involved in the scandal.

Non-legal Memo
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Purpose: To summarize the 60 minutes program on 28 April 04 on detainee abuse in Iraq.
(15 minutes)
This video began speaking about 17 soldiers (including one Brigadier General) who have
' been removed from the military for mistreating prisoners. 6 of these soldiers are being
court marshaled and are facing prison time.
Pictures shown on the show included a male dressed in a cape with the same material as
his cape over his head standing on a box with wires hanging from his fingers. The
detainee had to stand on the box and was told if he fell off he would be shocked. Another
group of pictures showed naked detainees in either sexual positions with other detainees
or placed in pyramids. Some of the pictures had military personnel posing laughing,
pointing, and putting their thumbs up.
One of the soldiers, Army reservist Staff Sergeant Chip Frederick, is being court
marshaled and charged with setting up the photo of the detainee on the box. He is also
being charged with sitting on top of a detainee (also in a photograph) and of an indecent
act for being present when pictures of detainees simulating sex acts were taken. Frederick
is also accused of striking detainees and forcing detainees to strike one another. Frederick
says he was not given any training on dealing with detainees while in Iraq nor did he see
the Geneva Convention. He says Military Intelligence, 113I, CIA and many other
government agencies would visit the facilities. Frederick says the interrogators would ask
the reservists to prepare the detainee physically and mentally for questioning. At this time
none of the interrogators from Iraq are facing criminal charges. One interrogator who was
interviewed by the military stated he had broken tables 41B intentionally to "fear up" the
detainees, but denied every hurting any of them. Frederick says they would use force
sometimes to get the detainees to cooperate and were allowed to do so based on the Rules
of Engagement. He stated they would give the detainee a nudge to get the mission
accomplished. Frederick felt the failure was in the commanders who did not give
guidance or regulations, and the lack of support in the prison. Abu Ghurayb prison held
900 detainees when Frederick left and only 5 reservists and 2 non-commissioned officers
were on duty.
General Mark Kimmet the Deputy Director of Coalition Operations in Iraq felt that even
if the military was spread to thin, it does not give anyone the right to break the law.
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Brigadier General,Kapensky ran Abu Ghurayb prison along with 3 other very large
facilities. The military concluded her lack of leadership and standards lead to problems in
the facilities.
Military documents state a detainee 'h accused a translator of raping a juvenile male
while a female took pictures. The military also maintains a picture of a detainee with his
genitals attached to wires and a picture of a badly beaten deceased Iraqi detainee.
When asked about other prison abuse Kimmit said unfortunately there has been other
cases of abuse in other facilities in Iraq. He wanted the public to know the Army will not
let something like this pass and the people who did abuse the detainees were a small
minority of the Army.