Email from Army Public Affairs Officer to Army Officers re: Guidance for Responding to Questions Concerning Detainee Abuse at Abu Ghraib

Instructions about message and direction of media queries concerning Abu Ghraib abuse. the emails states "[It is] strongly recommend that any responses to queries regarding MP training of any sort should be answered strictly generically and totally avoid specifics on what training any individual unit did or did not get at
any time, pre-mob, post mob, in theater, or routine AC training. Any unit specifics would constitute commenting on on-going investigations and could influence fair conduct of any trials that will be taking place".

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Wednesday, May 5, 2004
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Sunday, May 15, 2005
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Subject: PA Guidance for detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib
Good evening,
FYI. OCPA guidance reference detainee abuse in Abu Ghraib.
Questions about the alleged prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib should be referred to the following offices.

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Refer all media queries on Reserve MP training during weekend drill, to the 99th RRC PAO, (412) 604-411111111111111111111)


Refer media queries on Reserve MP training at MOB station, to 1st Army Public Affairs, (404) 469-111111


Refer any requests to interview BG Karpinski, to 1st Army Public Affairs, (404) 46911111PPD


Refer any requests to interview LTG Helmly, to OCAR-CSG, Mr.6111=111, (703) 601-1111111r


Refer any general contract/info queries ref. linguists and translators (Titan Corp.) to INSCOM, (703) 428-

IND

Refer any queries for active duty MP to TRADOC Public Affairs, (757) 7881111111


Refer any queries on MI (Interrogation) training to OCPA (DA Public Affairs), (703) 697 U


Refer any queries in reference to the alleged prisoner abuse case or the investigation itself, to CJTF-7 PAO, (914) 3604111111.111


For any other queries on this issue, media should be referred to OCPA (DA Public Affairs), (703) 697-

If pressed for comment -- refer media to a number of quotes made by our DoD/Army leadership:
The actions of the soldiers in those photographs are totally unacceptable and un-American. Any who engaged in such actions let down their comrades who serve honorably each day, and they let down their country."
"The vast majority of the men and women in uniform serve our country with honor, and they uphold the values of our country as they battle enemies that show little compassion or respect for innocent human life."
"The images that we have seen that include U.S. forces are deeply disturbing -- both because of the fundamental unacceptability of what they depicted, and because the actions of U.S. military personnel in those photos do not in any way represent the values of our country or the armed forces.
-- Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, Pentagon news conference, Tuesday, May 4, 2004.
"So what would I tell the people of Iraq? This is wrong. This is reprehensible. But this is not representative of the
150,000 soldiers that are over here. I'd say the same thing to the American people... Don't judge your Army based
on the actions of a few."

"The coalition takes all reports of detainee abuse seriously and investigates all allegations of mistreatment."

"We are committed to treating all persons under coalition custody with dignity and respect and humanity."
"Coalition personnel are expected to act appropriately, humanely and in a manner consistent with Geneva
Conventions."
"No. 1, this is a small minority of the military, and No. 2, they need to understand that is not the Army. The Army is

a values-based organization. We live by our values. Some of our soldiers every day die by our values, and these
acts that you see in these pictures may reflect the actions of individuals, but by God, it doesn't reflect my Army."

-Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy operations officer for Combined Joint Task Force 7
Additional Quotes:
«Leaderquotes5may04v4.doc» FORSCOM Wrote: "Strongly recommend that any responses to queries regarding MP training of any sort should be answered strictly generically and totally avoid specifics on what training any individual unit did or did not get at any time, pre-mob, post mob, in theater, or routine AC training. Any unit specifics would constitute commenting on on-going investigations and could influence fair conduct of any trials that will be taking place. In spite of the fact that the entire 15-6, classified, privacy act violations & all, is now on the web, does not allow us to violate the principal of a fair trial. Our SMEs should be witnesses first, spokesmen second."
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