Emails between Army Officers re: Coalition Provisional Authority Ministry of Justice List of Iraqi Prisoners Being Released.

Coalition Provisional Authority Ministry of Justice list of Iraqi Prisoners being released. The release policy is clarified in this email. Camp Bucca, Camp Cropper and Abu Ghraib prison are all mentioned. All names redacted. The email also contains a blank Geneva Convention IV Interment Order form.

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Monday, August 11, 2003
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Sunday, May 15, 2005
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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
800TH MILITARY POLICE BRIGADE (I/R)
CAMP VICTORY, IRAQ 09302

GEN TI
EVA CONVENTION IV RELATIVE TO THE PRO EC OF CIVILIAN PERSONS IN TIME OF WAR INTERNMENT ORDER
NAME OF INTERNEE:N
HOME ADDRESS:N
INTERNEE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER:
CURRENT LOCATION:

CIRCUMSTANCES THAT REQUIRE INTERNEMENT UNDER ART. 42 AND/OR ART. 78 G.0 IV:
DATE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY:
FIRST SIX MONTH REVIEW DATE:
INITIAL REVIEWING OFFICER:

YOU ARE GRANTED AN AUTOMATIC APPEAL
DATE APPEAL REVIEWED:
BOARD MEMBERS:
APPEAL BOARD RECOMMENDS:

KEEP AS SECURITY INTERNEE BASED ON:
RELEASE
FINAL ORDER:
CERTIFYING OFFICIAL

JANIS L. KARPINSKI Brigadier General Commanding c. n9706

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Subject: Message PA MOJ Representative

All, Hope all went well with your day. As you can see from the attached list, the release process has slowed down as I have gone through just about evry readily identifiable file that needs to be reviewed. The trick will now be to find the hard to locate files that need to be reviewed. The search is much more time consuming, so the number of files reviewed may be reduced. Just letting you know what to expect. If I get lucky and hit the mother lode, you will see that too.

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*In lieu of merely reponding to yo uiry about this prisoner, I took the liberty of reviewing the file for his release and have authorized it outright. By the way, the weapon was a .38 cal. pistol.
In addition to the above names, the below listed prisoners have been previously authorized for release by me but are still listed as in custody. This may be merely a result of my using a dated list, but if any of these prisoners are still at youred ASAP.
*NOTE is prisoner is still listed as an Ml Hold and can not be released until the ho
Furthermore, the below listed names were previously authorized for release by action of someone in the 1st Armored Division's Magistrate's Cell here at Camp Cropper. It is believed that this was done incidental to a "21 Day Review" re never appar The should be rel sed ASAP as well.
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With regard to your question about the prisoner who may has been cleared by MI and CID there, send me his sequence number. I will pull the file and see if we can drop the criminal charges on this end. More than that I can not do, but I will let you know what my review of the file reveals if I am unable to authorize the release.
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From:
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Sent:
Monday, August 11, 2003 7:04 AM
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Message From CPA MW Representative
All,
Hope all went well with your day. As you can see from the attached list, the release process has slowed down as I have gone through just about evry readily identifiable file that needs to be reviewed. The trick will now be to find the hard to locate files that need to be reviewed. The search is much more time consuming, so the number of files reviewed may be reduced. Just letting you know what to expect. If I get lucky and hit the mother lode, you will see
that too.
*In lieu 81-merely reponding to your inquiry about this prisoner, I took the liberty of reviewing the file for his release and
have authorized it outright. By the way, the weapon was a .38 cal. pistol.
In addition to the above names, the below listed prisoners have been previously authorized for release by me but are still listed as in custody. This may be merely a result of my using a dated list, but if any of these prisoners are still at
he hould be released
*NOTE This prisoner is sti fisted as an o • and cannot be re eased until t e o d is lifted.
Furthermore, the below listed names were previously authorized for release by action of someone in the 1st Armored
Division's Magistrate's Cell here at Camp Cropper. It is believed that this was done incidental to a "21

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Subject: Message From CO
The below list of prisoner -ntly in US custody have had their apprehension files reviewed.
en• e t at arrangements be made to formally determine thestatus of these individuals via a GPW Article V Tribunal.
Prisoner's Name
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Please continue with your current process which is recommending

releases

pending MI and CID concurrence. You shouldn't have to worry about the

CID list. All of the detainees in compounds 10 and 11 (minor crimes)

are CID cleared. Some in 2 and 3 are clear and no compounds 4 and 8

are

security detainees who require sign off by the BG Karpinski. We have a
sign off sheet that I use for every criminal release that you

recommend.

I recommend that you take all of compound 10 and 11 and release

everyone

held in excess of 60 days and the balance of those 21 days who do not
have anything to substantiate their continued detention.

If you give me a list now, I can start turning 3 buses around every
other day until they are out of the system. We are anxious to start.
What can I do to help expedite this process.

Thanks MAJ 111111111k

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What are the chances of you sending me at least a partial list this
evening. I would like to send out a couple of buses tomorrow. We are
anxiously awaiting your list.

Thanks for your assistance as always.

Thanks,

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From:
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Sent: July 30, 2003 5:04
To:

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Sirs,
As per the Convening Board , of the 29 of July the following INS# were held to see an Iraqi Judge:
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In additon the following INS#'s were recommended to be released by the board. The board convened on 29 July 2003.
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Sent:

Tuesday, July 08, 2003 1:07 PM

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Cc: 41111111/111INIMIni@93SigBde2.army.smil.mili; 11111111111.111111 COL CFLC JA

Subject: RE: EPWs

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The prisoners at Umm Qasr can be broken down into several categories which I will describe below. I do not have the
exact number of detainees for each category at this location, however I have cced the 800 MP Brigade's forward S-1 on
this message for this purpose. She is an outstanding officer in complete control of the population information there, and
she should be able to fill in these numbers for you. If necessary, she could give you a by name or ISN list of the prisoners

in each group.
There are currently approximately 1450 prisoners at Camp Bucca. Their custody was initiated for a variety of reasons,
i.e. captured soldiers, civilians swept up on the battleffield, persons apprehended as war criminals, common criminals
arrested during law enforcement missions, etc. These prisoners can be broken into groups as follows:

1.
Enemy Prisoners of War-There are roughly 50 EPW at Camp Bucca. All are General Officers or other senior officers.
Most have been held since the early days of the war, as they accepted our suggestion to capitulate at the outset of the

conflict, and have been cleared for release by MI and CID. We are awaiting formal guidance from OSD regarding when,
and under what circumstances, these prisoners may be released.
2.
Probable Civilian Internees/Criminals-Approximate 950 of the prisoners are civilian criminals that have arrived over
the east 10 da s or so from Camp Cros ser.
oners have been apprehended for
committing offenses ranging from curfew violations to murder. None
Tribunal process of these • risoners hav h the Article 5 ¦.)

bstantial eercent. • - • al. .1'%x4mermos.
prisoners are in custody for allegedly having committed mere misdemeanors, as Ion
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however have not yet had any heari er II -
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3.
Civilian Internees/Security Risks-We are holding about 370 prisoners at Camp Bucca who are being held as Civilian
Internees because they pose a risk to our security if they were to be released. Approximately 3/4 of this number are
prisoners who actually had this status conferred on them by an Article 5 Tribunal, the rest are prisoners who have been
preliminarily screened as Civilian Internees but who status has not yet been formally determined by a Tribuna

Some of these prisoners are known to have been members of the Fedayeen, are
suspectedwar criminals or are Third Country Nationals who came to Iraq to function as human sheilds. There are 4
members of the MEK in this group, in addition to 4 members of the Iranian Army. Since having their status determined by
a Tribunal, more than half of these Cls have been fully investigated by MI and CID assets at Bucca. Both have indicated
that there is no objection to releasing these prisoners at this time, however no board of officers has yet been convened to

review these matters (see AR 190-8, para 5-1 (g)).
4.
Innocent Civilians-There are approximately 80 prisoners who have been the subject of an Article 5 Tribunal and have
had their status determined to be Innocent Civilians. Because they are Third Co

their release s been
stalled pending the issuance of guidance from OSD.
It is hoped that this information addresses the concerns of your COS. If issues persist, feel free to contact me and I will
do what I can to resolve them.
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Can you please follow up with my message and provide CENTCOM with the actual numbers of prisoners in each
category for their analysis.
Very Respectfully,
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COL, JA Special Assistant to the CFLCC Staff Judge Advocate for EPW Operations
Original Message
From:
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Sent:
Tuesday, July 08, 2003 7:37 AM
To:
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almilimo COL CFLCC-SJA
Subject: EPWs
Importance: High

Sir,
COS here at CENTCOM is looking to gettilg a read on the detainees held at Um Qasr. He would like to know the
demographic break down as to
Why they are being held
What is their classification -- EPW, civilian security internee etc.?
Are any of these senior officers of the IZ Army, Ba'ath party types, Fedayeen, foreign fighters etc.
Are they going through the Article 5 process.
We need a quick brief back on this if you can help.
V/R --1111110w

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From:
OL CFLCC-SJA
Sent:
on aJuly 07 2003 2• PM
To:
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Cc:
LT E-mail); COL
Subject:
RE: EPW's
Please take this as WARNO. If the information is easily available, please provide it to Mr.
CENTCOM for his SA.
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From:
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Sent:
on ay, July 07, 2003 12:40 PM
To:
E-mail); 4111111111111111cOL CFLCC-SJA
Cc: LTAIMINgsommi wink
Subject: EPW's
Today during the phone call with the DEPSECDEF, he asked for a breakout of the 610 EPW's - who are they? why
are they held? what are they accused of? Are they prosecutable?
There is no limit to the level of detail the DEPSECDEF requests - but we can't always provide.
This is just for your SA - Not a tasker though legal channels - but will probably flow your way through J2 or J3 or JSD.

COL CFLCC-SJA

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Sent:N
To: Wednesday, July 02, 2003 12:34 PM

Subject:N OL CFLCC-SJA
RE: EPW Release Policy Update?
Sir,
The draft message has been staffed and all have provided input except for our SJA. Should have their input today. As
soon as I get a release dtg. I will pass same to you with a copy of the message. VR
LT
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From:
111=11111111111.11COL CFLCC-SJA
Sent:
Wednesday, July 02, 2003 12:49 AM
To:
41•411111kaCiNillilia
Subject:
EPW Releae Policy Update?
I have not heard anything on the above topic for approximately two weeks. When last we "spoke" about it, I inferred from our conversation that the new release policy was being worked on and would be released in the near future. Not hearing anything for two weeks seems like ages in the intense environment in which we operate. Is the
policy out and did I just miss it or are the pwoers that be still working the issue?
Ve f Res ectfull
COL, JA
Special Assistant to the SJA for EPW Operations

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