DOD Memo: Telephonic Interview of Official re: Conditions at Abu Ghraib Detention Facility

Memo discusses information obtained from a telephonic interview of redacted.
[redacted] discussed the general environment of AG (e.g. protocol for receiving new detainees).
[redacted] stated that "it was not uncommon to see people without clothing [in the 1A area], the whole nudity thing was an interrogation procedure used by MI." Stated further that there was no "written policy about mandatory clothing or stripping the detainees. "However, if an interrogator wanted to temporarily strip a detainee as a psychological ploy to assist in interrogating him, it would have required a written request submitted with the interrogation plan."
The interviewee recalled one incident where a detainee was nude in his cell and requested that the MPs get the detainee a jumpsuit or his civilian clothing, after stating that such was MP standard operating procedure.

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Interview
Doc_date: 
Wednesday, May 28, 2003
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Wednesday, March 2, 2005
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MEMORANDUM FOR RECORD as /hey o3
Subject: Telephonic Interview,
Purpose of the interview was to clarify possibly conflicting statements •ncensing detainees being stripped naked and held in cells in the 1 A area. r.stated it was not uncommon to see people without clothing and that the pe npwas an
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interrogation procedure used by ML Statements by reflected that tainees in IA poften laced there fore peril* statements byp ed to contradict this_pted thatp• ight have been the one who designated which detain;es wo be
strippe • and he d naked. arlicontradicted the statement made b y 111 1
1730 — 1740, 27 May I conducted a telephonic interview o A Co,
519'h MI Bn, Fort Bragg, NC. A call was placed to his cell from

my extension at Metro Par explained tdlthat I was following
up on his previous interview an had just a couple of questions about intake, screening
and placement of detainees awaiting interrogation.
gullexplained the detainees were dropped off/deliveredk capturin unit or escorted
by MPs from capturing unit. Initial screening was done by' nd the
screening section, mainly by reviewing capture tag and some limited questioning. This
was mainly to determine MI potential and whether to put on MI Hold or into general
prison population. Early on, all were moved to Ganci or "Tent City" as cell block IA did
not become operational and used by MI until early to mid-Septemberpindicated
that they were underiair l
e from Bde and higher to use it earlier, but it was not really available or suitable.psaid he had pushed for a FRAGO to force the issue if Bde really insisted, but one was never cut.
There was no MI written policy about mandatory clothing or stripping the detainees. However, if an interrogator wanted to temporarily strip a detainee as a psychological ploy to assist in interrogating him, it would have required a written request submitted with the interrogation plan. 1011111111.does not recall ever processing or reviewing one during his tour of duty. Further, it , ise
would have to have been buclidathe line for approval (he believed it would go to COL Pappas for approval). pfelt that it was mainly a MP call and that detainees might be stripped for security purposes, but that would be only for a specific inspection or shakedown. The MP preference was for detainees to be in jumpsuits, butpdid not know if there was a formal, written policy to that effect.
He remembered one occasion whereillinkfound out about a detainee being kept
either nude or in underwear and asked the MPs who stated that it was MP SOP to strip
detainees of their civilian clothing when they came to lA and give them "um suits. If
there was no jumpsuit, then the detainee would stay in his skivvic told the
MPs that was unacceptable and to get the detainee some clothing; they did not have a
jumpsuit, return his original civilian clothing. He reconfirmed his previous statements
that he had not seen any naked detainees or detainees in women's underwear.
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1111111111also stated that at one time, exact date unrecalled, MG Fast had informed him that the MPs had asked for more jumpsuits in the supply system and received underwear instead. He did not know if they were men's or women's underwear.
I then mentioned tpt some mention had been made by others of detainees being kept nude in eir ceps in 1A for periods of time and wrapped in sheets or blankets when brought out for interrogation. He stated that he had not seen any of that, nor was it reported to him by any of the interrogators or interpreters.
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