Email from Jon E. Bibnik SA FBI to Inspection Division Office of Inspections re: Counterterrorism Division, GTMO Inspection Spcecial Inquiry, Aggressive Treatment of GTMO Detainees

Email by FBI Special Agent Jon E. Bibnik responds to an Inspection Division request about possible observance of "aggressive treatment, interrogations or interview techniques on GTMO detainees." Bibnik responds affirmatively and recounts an incident observed by another Special Agent where two unknown interviewers from an unknown government agency used loud music and smoke to interview a detainee. He goes on to physically describe the interviewers and cross them off a list of government agencies they might belong to. This is the only affirmative response to the Inspector's July 9, 2004 email.

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Email
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Friday, November 12, 2004
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Sunday, April 26, 2009
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Precedence: ROUTINE
To: Inspection Attn:
Date: 7/12/2004
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From: Denver
Squad 14/JTTF
Contact: SA Jon E. Bibik, 303-629-7171
Approved By,r 1\~
Drafted By, I Ij~~.Y Case ID #: 297-HQ-A1327669-A, )(pending)~~? iz« .
Title: COUNTERTERRORISM DIVISION, GTMO
INSPECTION SPECIAL INQUIRY
Synopsis: Response to request for information in e-mail dated
07/09/2004 regarding treatment of detainees at GTMO.
Details: From May 12, 2003 to June 26, 2003, Special Agent
(SA)I I FBI Denver, served a TDY at GTMO. On one
occasion during the final two weeks of this TDY, SAl I
observed two other unknown individuals from an unknown other
government agency conducting an interview with a detainee .
utilizing techniques that were not 'consistent with FBI
interview policy/guidelines. SAl IFBI Seattle,
was also present and witn~ssed this same incident.
. The interviewing techniques that were 6bserved by SA
~involved the two unknown interviewers from an unknown
~government agency sitting a detainee down on the floor
in the center of an interview room,. while rap type music was
being played at a very high volume using a portable Radio/CD
player, and while the interviewers smoked cigars and blew the
smoke from these cigars towards the face of the detainee, and
continuously laughed at t~o detaJnee. These interview .
techniques were seen by S and SAl Ithrough one-way
glass in an adjacent room to the intervlew room an~·were
observed for a few minutes prior to SAl land S
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DOJOIG 001055
To: Inspection From: Denver
Re: 297-HQ-A1327669-A, 07/12/2004
vacating the area due to their interview session with another
detainee being completed. SAL ]aid not observe any direct
physical contact between the lntervlewers and the
detainee in this incident.
One of the unknown individuals tnvolved in this
incident from an unknown other government agency was a white
male, approximately 5'8" to 5 1 1 0 " in height, medium build, c=J
hair. The other individual involved in this incident from an
unknown 9ther government agency was a white male,
approximately sllP to 6 11" in height, large build,
hair, I J . Based on SAl lacquaintances and familiarity
with the Centr::al Intelligence Agency interviewers '(CI A) , Navy
Criminal Intelligence Agency {NCIS) interviewers, and FBI
interviews in GTMO during this time frame, it is believed with
reasonable certainty that the two individuals involved in this
incident were not CIA, NCIS, or FBI interviewers. It is
believed that these two interviewers may have been from either
the Defense Humint Services, the Defense Intelligence Agency,
or contracted in some fashion through the US Army.
SAlidif no: yreviOUS1Y report this incident as
it is not kn~SA what interviewing
guidelines/policy that ot er government agencies mayor may'
not be required to adnere to.
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DOJOIG 001056
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To:" Inspection From: Denver
RQ· 297-HQ-A1327669-A, 07/12/2004
LEAD(s):
Set Lead 1: (Info)
iNSPECTION
A~ WASHINGTON, DC
For information to Counterterrorism Division, GTMO,
Inspection Special Inquiry .
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DOJOIG 001057

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