Emails between DOD Officials re: Detainee Parole Concept

Emails discuss the need to decrease the investigation period and improve the investigation process. One author states " ...our process is drawn out and inefficient."

Thursday, April 22, 2004
Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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From: LTC (MNB-N) SJA OIC Sent: rirril 22, 2004 8:27 AM To: LTC 3/2 Infantry Brigade X01111111111WCOL (MNB -N) DEP CDR;
MAJ 3/2 Infantry Bri e Provost Cc: LTC (MNB-N) Provost Marshal LTC (MNB-N) SJA OIC; TC (MNB-IC . 111111111=1/111111111r MAJ 3/2 Infantry Brigade S3;
CW3 209M LTC 3/2 Infantry Brigade X0 MAJ 3/2 Infantry Brigade S2 CPT (MNB-N) SJA; Infantry Brigade JAG; CP 3/2 SBCT SJA
Subject: RE: Detainee Parole Concept
To All: I don't see any legal impediments to a local parole/guarantor program. We'll look into some options in case that's the way we decide to go. SJA
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From: LTC 3/2 Infantry Brigade XO
Sent: Thurs ay. pn 22, 2004 4:29 PM
To OL (MNB -N) DEP CDR; MA) 3/2 Infantry Briga

Cc LTC MNB-N Provost Marshal; C MNB-N SJA OIC; LTC (MNB-N) C2 OIC; MPJ 3/2 Infantry Brigade S CW3 209MI; TC 3/2 Infantry Brigade XO; MA) 3/2 Infantry Brigade S2 Subject: RE: Detainee Parole Concept
Sir-I guess we will need some kind of guidance on what it will take to solve the problem. There are three potential problem statements:
We hold detainees so long that there is no hope of getting actionable intelligence. Possible solutions: increase interrogator manning; make conditions less hospitable so lengthy stays are a deterrent

Local government perceives that we are holding detainees too long. Possible solutions: 10 directed at local government, explaining who we hold and why; release detainees automatically at a certain time

We hold detainees longer than our higher headquarters permits. Possible solutions: release detainees automatically at a certain time; take fewer detainees in; increase interrogator manning

The only standard I am aware of is to hold detainees for no longer than 14 days. OK - but it often takes longer than that to conduct exploitation of the site they were detained at; it takes longer than that for an effective interrogation series; it takes longer than that to collate and pit detainees against each other. This is all true, especially given that the conditions we put these guys in is in compliance with Western norms. The risk we run, in reacting to the expressed concerns of the local government by changing the way we do business, rather than changing their perceptions, is we will be less effective in exploiting. We absolutely comply with humane standards of treatment; we are edging towards juridicial rules of evidence as opposed to military detention; and now we are on the verge of changing our operations to mollify the local government, who are possibly responding to a well­conveived 10 campaign from somewhere else. I think, before we change too much, that we should define the
problem more clearly.
Original Message
COL (MNB -N) DEP CDR urs ay, April 22, 2004 4:36 PM MA] 3/2 Infantry Briga Provost B-N) Provost Marshal; LTC MNB-N)C (MNB-N) C2 OICAllir
MNB-N) SJA OIC; /2 Infantry Brigade 53; CW3 209MI; TC 3/2 Infantry Brigade XO; MA] 3/2 Infantry Brigade S2
Subject: RE: Detainee Parole Concept

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Importance: High
A problem (maybe not 'the' problem) is the length of investigation coupled with inevitable release of a large percentage of our detainees because there isn't the evidence to support onward movement. This has a downstream effect of detainees in the EDF for extended periods, which is a HUGE friction point with the local government and populace. This isn't about capacity but about length of detention, diminishing returns of reinterrogation of detainees, and reducing friction within AO-N. The problem of extended stays and increasing irritation (and an exploitable issue) absolutely does exist.
Original Messa e
From: Sent: To: Subject: Thursda A ri RE: Detainee Pa , Al 3/2 Infantry Brigade Provost 4 4:31 PM DEP CDR C MNC (MNB-LTC 3/2 Infantry Brigade role Concept B-N Provost Marshal MAJ 3/2 Infantry Brigade S3; MAJ 3/2 Infantry Brigad MNB-N) e S2

my question would be "why do we need to reduce the population?" Is there a problem with the number we have? Has guidance been put out as to what the right number is? If so, I believe the parole concept would complicate the process. It would require more manpower to move the detainee back and forth and require manpower to track where they are. Just seems like we are creating more work for a problem that I'm not sure exists. I might just be out of the loop on what the real problem is...
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Original Messa From: 111111111,COL (MNB -N) DEP CDR Sent: ursda Aril 22, 2004 3:17 PM To: C MNB-N) Provost MarshallIMMIKTC (MNB-N) SJA OIC;11111111111111.13C
(MNB-N) C2 OIC MAJ 3/2 Infantry Brigade S3; MillallialimarMAJ 3/2
Infantry Brigade Provost' CW3 209MI Subject: Detainee Parole Concept Importance: High
ALCON--CG wants us to look at the potential for implementing a policy of offering parole to those detainees who fall between 'definitely send to Abu G.' and 'reinterrogate...' in order to reduce EDF population. He mentioned it to CW3 Leroy today and he will look at it as well. Basically if we identify someone who fits this category we would make the offer pending identification of a guarantor, would have the individual sign a statement pledging no anti-coalition activities, and would immediately move that person out of the general prison population. What I need to know is if there is a reason we can't or shouldn't pursue this. Provide feedback NLT 25 Apr; we'll come together to make a recommendation to the CG after that. Objective is to move quick on this. Thanks,
COL Deputy Cdr, TF Olympia MNB-N, 01 II DVTS 52
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