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

Interviewee was assigned to AG in mid-October 2003, assigned to Tier 2 with the Iraqi criminals.
Interviewee mentioned needing to handcuff detainees to their cells during a search where dogs were used to look for bombs and other contraband.
Interviewee recalled that at times some detainees were nude due to a shortage of supplies, but that he/she would go look for their clothing.
Recalled knowledge of an OGA detainee dying at the facility.

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Interview
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Friday, May 7, 2004
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Wednesday, March 2, 2005
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PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
AUTHORITY: Title 10 USC Section 301; Title 5 USC Section 2951; E.O. 9397 dated November 22, 1943 (SSW PRINCIPAL PURPOSE: To provide commanders and law enforcement officials with means by which information may be accurately ROUTINE USES: Your social security number is used as an additional/alternate means of identification to facilitate filing and retneval.
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1. LOCATION CAMP VICTORY 2 DATE (YYYYMMDD 2004/05/0 3. TIME / 5 0 FILE NUMBER
FIRST NAME, MIDDLE NAME 1 6. SSN 7. GRADE/STATUS SGT
ORGANIZATION OR ADDRESS 372nd Military Police Company

, WANT TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT UNDER OATH:
I arrived to Abu Ghraib in mid October 2003. lnitiislly, I was assigned to Tier 2 where the Iraqi to Iraqi criminals were kept. .1 had about 140 detainir' for an veiof 280 inmates in Tier 2. 1 worked the night shift with the Iraqi Correction Officers (ICO). The NCOIC'iFor j(accodring to the schedule) of the Hard Site would walk around and check on us.To my knowledge, TT not wt ess anyi
abuse by MP or ML I had no prior knowledge of any photos or videos of detainees noting abusive' behavior. The staff of the Military Intelligence Office or their contractors did not instruct me to abuse inmates. There was san incident were an MI official told me to take one blanket away from a detainee aid this was resolved by inmates receiving a standard issue of clothing and linen that no staff member have the authority to remove to ensure cooperation. I advised MI staff that any requests concerning their detainees was placed in wri ' igiving Eve, I was called over andwas told that a detainee had mentioned someone had a gun inside the aria. I hadicl II Interpreter) to assist withquestioning #151365 (detainee with information). After asking several questions to itainee, we identified the individual withthei. ration up my chain of command The individual with the gun later told CID•that he was going to usc the gunto kill -9 was present the night of Thanksgiving Eve 2003 wereas a detainee had a handgun. In this situation, the dogs were hot usedto interrogate but search for the detection of a bomb and/or other contraband. After the shooting incident, all Tier1-A detainees were handcuffed to the cell doors and an inspection team removed the detaining one by one, using the K-9 to check inside each cell. After nothing was found, the handcuffs were taken away. Sometime during the early December 2003, I was assigned to Tier 1.As far as clothing, there was a shortage of supplies. I brought in some care packets and so did some other soldiers. I informed the chain of command and battalion that our priority was the health of the detainees. Afterwards, a supply system was established Mere, were some detainees who were naked but they had mental problems whereas they would take their
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:informed me to make sure detainees were not naked and that males were not in panties. When I was
m charge of the tier . -0:
.ess were in appropriate clothing. I would go look for clothing at Camp Vigilant because they had moresupplies than we did. The only thing I could say about interrogations is that MI would come get the detainee and take them to the stairs. If we hear something, I would go down and investigate to ensure the safety of the staff: I encountered no incidents while MI intterrogated detainees in the MI wing. There was a problem with detainees being held in the isolation for more than 30 days. LTGSANCHEZ . policy was that no detainee would be held for more than 30 days without an extension. I would identify those beyond 30 days and provide their names to MI for a status. The Ml Operations Chief worked on this list until the detainees over 30 days were resolved or an extension was granted; however, sometimes this took longer than 30 days.Once the new MI unit arrived, things got better. They were more responsive to the 30 day limit of detainees in isolation. OGA (Other Government Agency) detainees were brought in pnor to the 504th MI Engage. These individuals did not go through processing and were housed in Tier
•1 awaiting disposition There was one incident that 1 recall of an OGA being brought in at night. I was rot assigned to Tier 1 and have limited information on this detainee. This detainee died at the facility. CID conducted an investigation on this incident and I am not aware of the outcome. When the 504th MI Engage took over Ml responsibilities for Tier 1, everyone was processed to
include OGA.
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