Fay Report Annex: DOD Interview re: Conditions at Abu Ghraib Detention Facility

Interviewee was in AG approximately August 23, 2003 as a member of the Internal Reaction Force.
Observed an MI yell at a detainee and hit the detainee in the back of the head with a closed fist.
Also, observed another MI soldier put a detainee's neck in an arm lock, pulling the suspect to the ground, in the process the soldier twisted the detainee's neck left and right and the other soldier struck the detainee in the mid section. All the while, the soldiers were verbally abusing the detainees.
Also, observed a soldier dragging a detainee by a choke hold, then throw the detainee against the wall, and then kicked the detainee in the mid-section. Also, noted the detainee was sandbagged and naked.
Also, observed a dog handler allow their dog to enter a detainee's cell and be inches from the detainees' face, the dog also bit the detainee in his upper right arm. Stated that he saw a detainee later with multiple bite marks. Also, noted the detainee never resisted.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2004
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Wednesday, March 2, 2005
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SWORN STATEMENT
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want to make the following statement under oath:I. Gregory A. Spiker
Approximately 23 August 2003, I was assigned to the Internal Reaction Force. On various occasions the team Our
is required to respond to various types of situations at Camp Ganci, Camp Vigilance, and the Prison. mission is to quell inmate disturbances and to stand guard while the compound MP's search the inmates. In September Camp Vigilance was attacked by enemy mortar fire. Some soldiers were seriously injured. At approximately 21 00hrs, IRF was called out to assist the QRF (Quick Reaction Force). Upon arrival at the
south wall where the base exit is located, the team was staged approximately three hundred meters east of the exit where there were two GP medium tents set up. The QRF turned over two Iraqi citi ns one nd one nd a
f Id that the two suspects may know something about the mortar attack.
was also present. 1 was assigned to look over the male suspect to await the Military
Intelligence personnel (MI). Before MI arrived I took my flashlight and shined it in the male suspects face. I

wanted to sec who I was guarding The suspect appeared to be scared. At approximately 2115hrs, Military
An unknown person from MI wr•ni ttraiglit to the male suspect

Intelligence arrived to take over the suspects.
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and started to yell profanity at the male. The MI rdc7;c71the male in the back of the head with a closed fist
causing the suspect to fall forward. The suspect was handcuffed, on his knees and a towel wrapped aroundtns
nead The MI soldier kept yelling eyes down, get up while knocking the suspect back down and repeated
verbal abuse towards the suspect. Another MI soldier came to assist the first MI soldier. The second MI
soldier put an arm lock around the suspects neck pulling the suspect from the ground. While pulling the

suspect from the uound by the neck, the MI soldier was twistin leftand ri ht e g at the suspect while the
first MI soldier struck the suspect in the mid section of the stomach. IRI-ComnIerY
Jrproached the soldiers and asked if this treatment was necessary. s0 ter told the LT that he is a
c suspects

trained professional and to let him handle the situation The LT reminded the soldie
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The Ml soldiers continued their verbal abuse and excessive force.
maybe innocent soldiers that this behavior is not necessary The Ml soldiers ignored the LT and continued to verbally abuse The LT approachc nd asked the Major if he
the suspect and drag the suspect off by the neck.
was going to let this continue. The Major said nothing The LT statetrOt e was not going to allow this

abuse to continue The LT went to the MI vehicle and wanted to know who was the NCOIC. I was t n LT (IRF
ordered back to the vehicle that I arrived in There was a lot of loud talking between the
NCOIC) and the MI perso el. MI drove with • uspects. This same night I wrote a statement on the
In November at an unknown time and date, the IRF

events and turned them int
were informed that an inmate shot a soldier. Our
responded to the prison site because of a shooting. We mission was to assist the guards in searching the prison for more weapons and the possibility of hand grenades. assisted the dog • • •-r During the searching I saw a soldier dragging an inmate by a chocking
t.l= went to the top tear to assist searching rooms. On the top tear. I had a
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_ itrowing the inmate against the wall The inmate fell to the round. he Captain began .
view of me kicking the inmate in the mid section yelling at the inmate At t ime I assiste bccaus as instructed by MI to let the dog scare
was asked to assist MI personnel to interrogate a pnsone
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• Statement ofilliftken on 20 Jan 04, at the Abu Ghraib ion, Abu Ghraib, Iraq
Q Did you witness any further assaults this evening?
A. No.
Q. Do you wish to add anything else to your statement/
A. No.///END OF STATEMENT///

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Statement oillilaken on 20 Jan 04, at the Abu Ghraib#son, Abu Ghraib, Iraq
A No
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Q Did you re ort
A Yes. e always have an AAR to discuss the
mission.
Q. Do you know what actions he took after being notified?
A. No
.
Q. Describe the incident with the K-9?
A The Ml person (tall, dark hair, possible Asian-appearance) kept calling the K-9 handler and the K -9 into the cell The MI stated to the K-9 handler to allow the dog into the cell as a method of obtaining information. The dog would go into the cell for about a minute, and then MI would call them out. I saw the dog during this strike the detainee. The detainee was bound and could not move, and the K -9 handler would allow the K-9 to approach within inches his face, and one time the dog bit the detainee's arm. When I saw the detainee later it appeared the detainee was bitten multiple times The K -9 handler stated he did not think the dog could be used in this fashion and we departed the area. During the time I was in the cell the detainee never resisted. The MI was calling the dog into the cell as a scare tactic to gather information
Q Do you know if this was report to anyone?
A Other than the AAR, I do not know.
Q Has anyone a ou regarding this incident?
A No. other tha
Q Where did the dog bite the detainee'
A Upper right arm.
Q Do You know who the detainee was"
A No
Q Do vou remember the cell this occurred in
A Wing IA and it was either the second or third cell on the upper tier.

Q Was there anyone else there that witnessed this inci nt?
A A mz.le interrogator, female interpreter an K-9 Handler).
Q Describe the female interpreter'

A Dark hair, shoulder length, and she was approximately 5'4, thin and possibly Iraqi.
Q Ho man y K-9 handlers were present on the Wing?
A Jus here were two others on the other Wing.
Q At any time did you observe the detainee resist the CPT?
A I did not see any resistance. but I did not see the entire altercation.
Q At any time did you see the detainee in the cell resist or provoke the K-9?
A No. I did see the entire incident
Q What was the MI interrogators reaction to tne K-9 biting the detainee?
A He did not seem concerned for the detainee, he entered the cell and continued his interrogation and again he would call the K-9 in. This went on approximately three times. Q Was medical aid rendered to the detainee'
A. At the time there was no medical attention. I know when the interpreter was bitten they attempted to get medical aid for her on the spot.
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ECP, do you know if the situation was ever handledQ. Regarding the incident at the
by unit personnel? 11 chain of command discussed the issue with
A. 1 was never present whcnlhC
was aware it happened, but not the outcome. 1 to about it, but to this date no one has approached
was told that I may be talked
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Q. Do you know who the MI personnel were?
were unsuccessful. Everyone one that
A No not at all. We tried to get a name, but
was at the incident provided sworn statements, and are maintained wit

Q you recall the date of the second incident? was a lot of rock throwing at the
A. It was the day all the riots occurred. There
towers. Why were you called to the hard site?Q Because of a shooting. We were briefed an inmate had shot a guard with a pistol
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We were called to assist in the searching of the rooms for suspected grenades. W e were working both sides of the wings upper and lower tiers. Q Where were you when you observed the CPT striking the detainee? proceeded to the top tier, I observed this CPT with a chock hold on a
A As I detainee. He was dragging the detainee to the shower room on the lower level. I out from under the tier
proceed to the upper tier, and observed the detainee come and the CPT approached him and kicked several times in the mid section. The
detainee was screaming while this was going on. The CPT stated "you like
hurting my soldiers". The kicks were full force into the detainee. Were their any other soldiers assisting with this assault?
Q
A No, not that I saw

Describe the detainee ?
Q
Approx 5'7, small frame, short dark hair, and a jump suit. The detainee being
A
I can not be for sure he is the same
drug had a sandbag covering his head and detainee being assaulted by the CPT When he was in the shower room he was
naked.
Q What is the time frame between being drug to being kicked?

A Approximately 10 minutes.
Did you sec anyone else assaulting this detainee?

Q A No I heard people but did not see anything. Q Approximately how many people (soldiers) were in this area at the time of the
incident?
A I would say about 10.

Q. Describe the CPT?
A About 5'8-5'9, white, thin but fit, athletic type, mid 30's, dirty blonde flat top style haircut, clean cut. 1 was later told he was a CPT.
Q. Have you this CPT since the incident'
A Yes, at the chow hall.

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