DOD Presentation: PowerPoint Presentation to the Secretary of Defense on Treatment of Enemy Combatants

PowerPoint presentation to Sec. Def. Rumsfeld on detainee operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. States that there is no evidence of non-compliance with Department of Defense orders at either facility save for "some minor infractions." These include an MP striking a detainee with a radio after being struck by detainee and an MP using pepper spray on a detainee. DOD orders include that detainees are "treated humanely to the extent appropriate and consistent with military necessity, in a manner consistent with the principles of Geneva". One detainee in Charleston "has Koran, mattress and pillow removed and is fed cold meals as part of interrogation plan".

Doc_type: 
Non-legal Memo
Doc_date: 
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Doc_rel_date: 
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Doc_text: 

DOD056544

Brief to the Secretary of Defense on Treatment of
Enemy Combatants Detained at Naval Station
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Naval Consolidated Brig
Charleston

Vice Admiral A.T. Church Ill, USN Brigadier General D.D. Thiessen, USMC 11 MAY 04
Classified by: Navy I.G.
Reason:11.5a
Downgrade to: FOUO//UNCLASSIFED on 19 July 2004
Declassify on: 19 July 2005

Derived from: Multiple sources Declas: 2 Apr 2013
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Tasking
• "...ensure Department of Defense orders concerning proper treatment of enemy combatants detained by the Department at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Naval Consolidated Brig, Charleston are followed ...immediately review the relevant practices at such locations and...brief his findings...by May 10, 2004" (SECDEF memo 3 May 04)

Classified by: Navy I.G.


Reason:11.5a


Downgrade to: FOUO//UNCLASSIFED on 19 July 2004


Declassify on: 19 July 2005

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Assumptions
• Tasking was a "review," not an inspection or investigation
— Scope and timeline limited, and no pre-determined
target of investigation
Snapshot of current existing conditions


Conclusions are drawn with high level of confidence, but not based on 100% compliance review


Treatment provided for in Presidential and SECDEF orders constitutes "humane treatment"

Classified by: Navy I.G.
Reason:11.5a
Downgrade to: FOUO//UNCLASSIFED on 19 July 2004

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Declassify on: 19 July 2005
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Timeline


Monday, 3 May

— Tasking memo signed out


Tuesday, 4 May

— Identified teams, arranged logistics


Wednesday, 5 May

— Traveled to GTMO, received command briefing, task-organized


Thursday, 6 May-Friday 7 May

— Conducted assessment in GTMO


Thursday, 6 May-Friday 7 May

— BGen Thiessen departed GTMO and conducted review of Charleston
. Classified by: Navy I.G.

Reason:11.5a


Downgrade to: FOUOHUNCLASSIFED on 19 July 2004


Declassify on: 19 July 2005

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Assessment Procedure

Observed:


Guard procedures


Detainee movements (GTMO only)


Interrogations (GTMO only)


Reviewed: SOPs


Interrogation technique approval process


Allegations of detainee abuse


Medical records (100 GTMO/3 Charleston)
-ICRC reports/outbriefs


Video of Immediate Reaction Force (IRF) responses (GTMO only)


Conducted:


Over 100 interviews including camp and brig leadership


43 sworn statements


Military/Gov't civilian/contractor


Guards/interrogators/linguists


Guards/interrogators had been at GTMO 9-10 mos


Classified by: Navy I.G.


Reason:11.5a


Downgrade to: FOUCIUUNCLASSIFED on 19 July 2004


Declassify on: 19 July 2005

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=Appears to be in
compliance

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Compliance Checklist

(amplification
provided)

• =Not In compliance (amplificafion provided)
GTMO/Charleston
DoD Orders':

Treated humanely and, to the extent appropriate and consistent with military necessity, in a
manner consistent with the principles of Geneva


Afforded adequate food, drinking water, shelter, clothing, and medical treatment


Allowed the free exercise of religion consistent with the requirements of such detention
GTMO: Detainees in maximum security block required to wear short pants. Traditional
Islamic practice requires males to be covered from navel to below knees during prayer

Charleston: 1 detainee has Koran removed from cell as part of JFCOM-approved interrogation plan. Muslim chaplain not available 0 0


Classified by: Navy I.G.


Reason:11.5a


Downgrade to: FOUOUUNCLASSIFED on 19 July 2004


Declassify on: 19 July 2005

'Sources: MILORD 13 Nov 01,DoD Memo 19 Jan 02,White House Memo 7 Feb 02
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•=Appears to be in compliance
Potential issues
Compliance Checklist

(amplification
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• =Not In compliance (amplification provided)
GTMO/Charleston
Other items of note contained in White House fact sheet regarding GTMO'
Meals comply with Muslim dietary laws
Correspondence materials and means to send mail

Subject to suspension during periods of interrogation
Foam sleeping pads and blankets
One detainee in Charleston has mattress removed as part of JFC0M-approved interrogation plan
Ability to receive packages of food and clothing, subject to security screening
No packages slowed at GTMO for security reasons
ICRC visits

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Most detainees have ICRC access. One detainee in each location currently not authorized ICRC visits due to interrogation plans in
progress

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-Classified by: Navy I.G.
-Reason:11.5a
-Downgrade to: FOUO//UNCLASSIFED on 19 July 2004
-Declassify on: 19 July 2005
'Source: White House Fact sheet 7 Feb 02. These standards, while not DoD orders, are reported due to their public announcement. Fact sheet as
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Source: SECDEFmemoto SOUTHCOM16 Apr03
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Infractions

Date1Incident Disposition SOUTHCOM Informed (Y/N1
Unknown1Inappropriate contact/interrogation technique. (Reported, could not be verified). Female interrogator wiped dye from red magic marker on detainee's shirt after detainee sgon her. Told detainee stain was blood. Verbal reprimand Unknown
17 Sep 021Assault: MP attempted to spray NJP: MP restricted 7 days (suspended) and detainee with hose after detainee threw reduced in rate to E-3 unidentified foul-smelling liquid on MP
23 Mar 031Violation of SOP: MP sprayed pepper 1spray on detainee preparing to throw 1unidentified liquid on another MP during an Immediate Reaction Force response. Alleged to have used spray too soon, in violation of SOP MP requested Court Martial in lieu of NJP Acquitted at Special Court Martial
10 Apr 031Assault: Detainee struck MP in face, 1causing MP to lose a tooth, and bit 1 another MP. After detainee restrained, MP who was bitten struck detainee with handheld radio NJP: MP reduced in rate to E-3, awarded 45 days extra duty
-Classified by: Navy I.G. •Reason:11.5a •Downgrade to: FOUMUNCLASSIFED on 19 July 2004 -Declassify on: 19 July 2005 10

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Summary of Findings
1.MP and MI roles are separate, coordinated, well-defined, and regulated consistent with 16 Apr 03 SECDEF memo 2.Health care is robust and detainees are generally in good health 3.GTMO has an effective training program, including instruction on principles of Geneva 4.Command climate is positive and personnel appear willing to report concerns
Classified by Navy I.G.
•1Reason:11.5a Downgrade to: FOUO//UNCLASSIFED on 19 July 2004 Declassify on: 19 July 2005
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Summary of Findings
5.MP Force:

Guards work 8 hour shifts, 7 days per week

• Change to 12 hour shifts would be detrimental


Under stress

• Assaults against guards average 14 per week (spitting, throwing liquids, food or bodily fluids, physical assault)


Consider expanding other service participation during GTMO 5 rotation


Classified by: Navy I.G.


Reason:11.5a


Downgrade to: FOUO//UNCLASSIFED on 19 July 2004


Declassify on: 19 July 2005

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Summary of Findings

6.Issues for Resolution:

a. Differing DoD guidance for GTMO and Charleston
Consider consolidating guidance and re-aligning Special Housing Unit (Charleston) to report directly to SOUTHCOM
b.
Detainee Movement Orders: Large number still working through interagency process

c.
GTMO:


No formal process for detainees to make complaints


Detainees do not receive packages


Short pants (maximum security block) conflict with religious observance

d.
Charleston:


Limited detainee population could arguably constitute isolation


Christian chaplain used to provide socialization, but could be perceived as forced proselytization


Classified by: Navy I.G.


Reason:11.5a


Downgrade to: FOUOUUNCLASSIFED on 19 July 2004


Declassify on: 19 July 2005

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