Email from DOD to DOD: Detainee Abuse Information Campaign

Email includes a "Briefing to Senate Arm Service Committee." It is a briefing on the actions taken by the CID in response to allegations of detainee abuse and deaths.
The briefing 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 briefing 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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Monday, May 24, 2004
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
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Sent: Monda , May 24, 2004 9:36 AM
To: r PMGeWO' 2,
Subject: Detainee Abuse Information Campaign
Attachments: Senate Hearing PMG Remarks v4.doc; CG's proposed press release v4.doc
Senate HearingeCG's proposed PMG Remarks v4.... press release v4...
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BRIEFING TO SENATE ARMS SERVICE COMMITTEE
CHAIRMAN WARNER, SENATOR LEVIN, AND DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE TODAY TO BRIEF YOU REGARDING THE ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE ARMY'S CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION COMMAND IN RESPONSE TO ALLEGATIONS OF DETAINEE ABUSE AND THE DEATH OF DETAINEES WHILE IN US CUSTODY.
I KNOW EVERYONE HERE TODAY APPRECIATES THAT BECAUSE
OF OUR POSITIONS, WE MUST BE CAUTIOUS THAT WE DON'T SAY
OR IMPLY ANYTHING THAT MIGHT ADVERSELY AFFECT ANY
PENDING INVESTIGATIONS OR LEGAL MATTERS.
MR. CHAIRMAN, MY INTENT TODAY IS TO BRIEF CID INVESTIGATIONS INTO ALLEGED DETAINEE ABUSE. THESE INVESTIGATIONS WERE INITIATED, A NUMBER OF WHICH A.RE STILL BEING CONDUCTED, AMIDST THE CHALLENGES OF A WAR IN WHICH U.S. AND COALITION FORCES CAPTURED, PROCESSED, AND DETAINED OVER 45,000 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS, INSURGENTS, AND CRIMINALS ACROSS MORE THAN 30 SEPARATE
U.S. DETENTION FACILITIES AND U.S. SUPPORTED IRAQI JAILS. TO DATE, WE I (AVE RELEASED OVER 35,000 DETAINEES FROM U.S. CONTROL.
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AGAINST THIS BACKDROP, ARMY CID IS CURRENTLY
CONDUCTING 69 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS OF ALLEGED
DETAINEE ABUSE AND DEATHS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.
42 OF THE 69 CASES INVOLVE INCIDENTS IN DETENTION
FACILITIES. THESE CASES CAN BE SUBDIVIDED INTO:
30 DEATH INVESTIGATIONS.
12 SOLDIER iVIISCONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS.
15 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. 10 OF THE 15DEATHS HAVE BEEN
SUBSTANTIATED BY FULL AUTOPSIES BY THE OFFICE OF THE
ARMED FORCES MEDICAL EXAMINER.
4 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. 2 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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THE 9 REMAINING DEATH CASES ARE STILL ACTIVE PENDING
INVESTIGATIONS. 8 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. PLEASE ALLOW ME TO
CLARIFY THE TERM HOMICIDE. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
MEDICAL EXAMINERS CLASSIFIES DEATH AS ONE OF FIVE
CATEGORIES: NATURAL, ACCIDENTAL, SUDICEDE, 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." I MUST
EMPHASIZE, 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. 10 ARE ASSAULTS. THESE CASES INVOLVE SOLDIERS PHYSICALLY ASSAULTING (KICKING, PUNCHING, THREATENING) DETAINEES. AN EXTREME EXAMPLE OF THESE TYPES OF CASES IS THE CURRENT ABU GIIRAIB CASE. THE REMAINING 2 ARE SEXUAL ASSAULTS. IN THE FIRST CASE, SOLDIERS KISSED AND PARTIALLY UNDRESSED A FEMALE DETAINEE. THE SECOND AND MOST RECENT CASE OCCURRED IN GARDE"!_, AF, WHERE A MALE AFGHAN POLICE COLONEL REPORTED TO THE PRESS THAT HE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.
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DOD-048254
NOW ALLOW ME TO TRANSITION FROM INVESTIGATIONS OF
INCIDENTS INSIDE TO THOSE THAT OCCURRED OUTSIDE
DETENTION FACILITIES. 27 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.
1 OF THE 3 DEATH CASES IS A MURDER CASE INVOLVING A SOLDIER WHO SHOT AND KILLED AN AFGHAN WHO ALLEGEDLY LUNGED TOWARDS A WEAPON. THE REMAINING 2 CASES ARE STILL ACTIVE PENDING INVESTIGATIONS: ONE INVOLVES AN IRAQI NATIONAL WHO APPARENTLY DROWNED AFTER HE WAS ALLEGEDLY FORCED OFF OF A BRIDGE. TU SECOND INVOLVES
SOLDIER WHO SHOT AND KILLED AN IRAQI WHEN THE IRAQI ALLEGEDLY LUNGED AT A SERGEANT WHO WAS ESCORTING HIM.
OF THE 24 SOLDIER MISCONDUCTS, 6 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.
MR. CHAIRMAN THIS CONCLUDES MY SUMMARY OF ARMY CID
INVESTIGATIONS INTO ALLEGATIONS OF DETAINEE ABUSE. I AM PREPARED TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.:
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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 O R
.
UNDETERMINED DEATHS. MOST OF THESE 15 CASES INVOLVE
EITHER VERIFIED O.R 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 CAS:ES INVOLVE DISTURBANCES AT FACILITIES WHERE SOLDIERS FOLLOWED EXISTING RU.L.ES OF .ENGAGEMENT (ROE) TO PREVENT A ,BREACH OF THE PERIMETER OR PROTECT GUARDS FROM GRIEVOUS BODILY .HA.RM 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. CII) TURNED OVER THE SECOND CASE FOR INVESTIGATION BY AN OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY.
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THE NINE REMAINING DEATH CASES ARE STILL ACTIVE PENDING INVESTIGATIONS. EIGHT OF THESE CASES INVOLVE DEATHS THAT ARE CLASSIFIED BY MEDICAL AUTHORITIES AS HOIVIICIDES, 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, .'EN.DING FINAL AUTOPSY RESULTS.
ADDITIONALLY, THERE ARE 12 OTHER SOLDIER iMISCONDUCT 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 GUIRAIB 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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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 INVOLVFS AN IRAQI NATIONAL. WHO APMRPNTLY DROWN AFTER HE WAS FORCED O.FF OF A BRIDGE. THE SECOND INVOLVES A SOLDIER WHO SHOT AND KILLED AN IRAQI WHEN THE IRAQI ALLEGEDLYLUNGED AT 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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