Email between DOD Officials re: Press Release Regarding Detainee Death and Abuse Investigations

Email refers to a proposed press release from the Commanding General discussing the detainee death and abuse investigations. [The press release is attached, the first page of the attachment is blank]. The press release explains that there are nine death cases still "active pending investigations," eight of the nine are homicide cases, it is suspected that the detainees were fatally assaulted either during or before interrogations. There are also twelve soldier misconduct cases mentioned, ten are assaults (soldiers kicked, punched and/or threatened detainees) and two are sexual assaults. Also mentioned in the press release are twenty-seven, of sixty-nine, CID investigations. The cases are classified as follows: three death investigations and twenty-four soldier misconduct investigations. One of the deaths is a murder case, a soldier shot and killed an Afghan who allegedly lunged towards a weapon. The other two cases are mentioned as active pending investigations, in the first case, an Iraqi national drowned after being pushed off of a bridge. In the second case, an Iraqi was shot and killed after he allegedly lunged at an officer. In regards to the twenty-four soldier misconduct cases mentioned, six are assaults (soldiers punched, kicked and/or fired a weapon at or near a detainee) and eighteen are thefts.

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Email
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Thursday, May 20, 2004
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
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OPMG Document
DOD-048204

THE NINE REMAINING DEATH CASES ARE STILL ACTIVE PENDING INVESTIGATIONS. EIGHT OF THESE CASES INVOLVE DEATHS THAT ARE CLASSIFIED BY MEDICAL AUTHORITIES AS HOMICIDES, WHICH INVOLVE A SUSPECTED ASSAULT OF DETAINEES BEFORE OR DURING INTERROGATION SESSIONS THAT MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THEIR DEATHS. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS CLASSIFIES DEATH AS ONE OF FIVE CATEGORIES: NATURAL, ACCIDENTAL, SUDICIDE, HOMICIDE, AND UNDETERMINED. HOMICIDE IS DEFINED AS, "A DEATH THAT RESULTS FROM THE VOLITIONAL ACT COMMITTTED BY ANOTHER PERSON TO CAUSE FEAR, HARM, OR DEATH." AS USED BY MEDICAL EXAMINERS, IT IS A NEUTRAL TERM AND NEITHER INDICATES NOR IMPLIES CRIMINAL INTENT. THE REMAINING CASE IS BELIEVED TO BE A NATURAL DEATH. CASE, PENDING FINAL AUTOPSY RESULTS.
ADDITIONALLY, THERE ARE 12 OTHER SOLDIER MISCONDUCT CASES. TEN ARE ASSAULTS. THESE CASES INVOLVE SOLDIERS PHYSICALLY ASSAULTING (KICKING, PUNCHING, THREATENING) DETAINEES. AN EXTREME EXAMPLE OF THESE TYPES OF CASES IS THE CURRENT ABU GHRAIB CASE. THE REMAINING TWO ARE SEXUAL ASSAULTS. IN THE FIRST CASE, SOLDIERS KISSED AND PARTIALLY UNDRESSED A FEMALE DETAINEE. THE SECOND AND MOST RECENT CASE OCCURRED IN GARDEZ, AF, WHERE A MALE AFGHAN POLICE COLONEL REPORTED TO THE PRESS THAT HE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.
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DOD-048205

TWENTY—SEVEN OF THE 69 CID INVESTIGATIONS INVOLVE
DETAINEE ABUSE AND DEATH OUTSIDE OF DETENTION
FACILITIES. THESE CASES CAN BE SUBDIVIDED INTO:
3 DEATH INVESTIGATIONS.
24 SOLDIER MISCONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS.
ONE OF THE THREE DEATH CASES IS A MURDER CASE INVOLVING A SOLDIER WHO SHOT AND KILLED AN AFGHAN WHO ALLEGEDLY LUNGED TOWARDS A WEAPON. THE REMAINING TWO CASES ARE STILL ACTIVE PENDING INVESTIGATIONS: ONE INVOLVES AN IRAQI NATIONAL WHO APPARENTLY DROWNED AFTER HE WAS FORCED OFF OF A BRIDGE. THE SECOND INVOLVES A SOLDIER WHO SHOT AND KILLED AN IRAQI WHEN • THE IRAQI ALLEGEDLY LUNGED cAT A SERGEANT WHO WAS ESCORTING HIM.
OF THE 24 SOLDIER MISCONDUCTS, SIX ARE ASSAULTS AND 18 ARE THEFTS. THE ASSAULTS INVOLVE SOLDIERS WHO EITHER PHYSICALLY STRUCK IRAQI DETAINEES WITH FISTS OR FEET, OR FIRED A WEAPON AT OR NEAR A DETAINEE. THE 18 THEFTS INVOLVE SOLDIERS WHO AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS, (E.G., CHECKPOINTS) STOLE MONEY OR PROPERTY FROM IRAQIS.
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DOD-048206
ARMY CID IS CURRENTLY CONDUCTING 69 CRIMINAL
INVESTIGATIONS OF ALLEGED DETAINEE ABUSE AND DEATHS IN
IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.
FORTY-TWO OF THE 69 CASES INVOLVE INCIDENTS IN DETENTION
FACILITIES. THESE CASES CAN BE SUBDIVIDED INTO:
30 DEATH INVESTIGATIONS.
12 SOLDIER MISCONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS.
FIFTEEN OF THE 30 DEATH INVESTIGATIONS ARE NATURAL OR
UNDETERMINED DEATHS. MOST OF THESE 15 CASES INVOLVE
EITHER VERIFIED OR SUSPECTED NATURAL CAUSES SUCH AS
HEART ATTACKS. TEN OF THE 15 DEATHS HAVE BEEN
SUBSTANTIATED BY FULL AUTOPSIES BY THE OFFICE OF THE
ARMED FORCES MEDICAL EXAMINER.
FOUR OF THE 30 DEATH INVESTIGATIONS ARE JUSTIFIABLE
HOMICIDE. ALL FOUR OF THESE CASES INVOLVE DISTURBANCES AT FACILITIES WHERE SOLDIERS FOLLOWED EXISTING RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (ROE) TO PREVENT A BREACH OF THE PERIMETER OR PROTECT GUARDS FROM GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM OR DEATH. TWO OF THE 30 DEATH INVESTIGATIONS ARE HOMICIDES. ONE INVOLVES A SOLDIER NOT FOLLOWING THE ROE, WHO SHOT AND
KILLED A DETAINEE WHO WAS THROWING ROCKS AT HIM. CID TURNED OVER THE SECOND CASE FOR INVESTIGATION BY AN OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY.
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DOD-048207

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