Fay Report Annex: Statement of a Sergeant, B Company, 325th Military Intelligence Battalion re: Detainee Handling and Treatment at Abu Ghraib Prison

Sworn Statement of a Sergeant assigned to Abu Ghraib prison. The Sgt. recalled finding a detainee naked in their cell, the detainee was identified as a high level official. Recalled the detainee was embarrassed about being naked in the cell (provided the detainee a sheet to cover himself-although his clothing was in a closet with the clothes of other detainees) with a female present. Recalled detainees stating they were beaten when initially arrested and would present their bruises.Stated that one interrogator would use stress positions until she signed the IROE.
Would ask the MPs to strip the detainees for interrogations, but would have them clothed when being returned to their cell. If he/she used the hole, stated it would only be for 30 min.

Records finding a detainee naked in the cell, who was embarassed that there was a female in the same cell. Also records "quite a few others naked in the cell. I did not discuss this with anyone because it was known that the detainees were in their cells naked. It was a call by the MPs to keep them naked in the cells." Notes, "detainees would tell us that they were beaten when they were initially arrested and they would show us their bruises. Often times the detainees that were beaten during arrest were quite relieved that they weren't being abused at the prison. One detainee that I recall admitted to lying to us because he thought that he was going to be beaten, and decided to talk after he found out we wouldn't hurt him." Adds that "we asked the MP on duty to strip [a detainee] naked for us for the interrogation. . . .We could use stress positions without the approval of higher." But then notes, " I never saw or was aware of any detainee abuse, humiliation . . ."

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11. ORGANIZATION DR ADDRESS
B Co 325 MI BN, Waterbury, CT 06705
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. WANT TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT UNDER DOW
as assigned to Camp Cropper just after 4 July 2003. The units already at Camp Cropper when 1 arrived were from 519th MI
BN, the B Co. 325th MI BN and
h 1 do not recall exactly who they were. in rge of MIOperations at Camp Cropper suer (B 325 MI Bn company commander) an (interrogation
operations).
At Camp Cropper I : t receive any Interrogation Rules of Engagement (IROEs . was eployed to GTMO last
' e the IR OEs there either, but was familiar with the term and meaning. I sat in on a few interrogations with
, when I first arrived. We always conducted our interrogations outside the detainment area in a tent. While amp ropper, I never saw or knew of any detainee abuse, Humiliation of detainees or anything out of the ordinary. On 15 September, 1 moved to Abu Ghurayb. The unit there, 519th Ml BN, was not prepared to receive us so early. So they put us towork on the night shift from 2000 to 0800 in the morning, almost immediately, working around the detainment in a tent. No IROE had been given at this time. After a mortar attack on 19 September 2003, we were then given the space in the building torun the ICE. After the ICE was to a standard to work in, our shift was now moved to daytime hours to avoid any more injury ordeath during the daily evening attacks. It wasn't until a few weeks (date unknown) is when the IROEs were briefed and signed.I was not present for the first signing of theIROEs, however, there was a change to them and a s. • • •. • .1: was given
1ROEs then. Belo ved • the "hard' building, 1 sat in on interrogations wi rl )(97E/3251
(97E/ 325th) and (97E/ 325th). The majority of the interrogations were • . • 44, •
te S. .
re were a few ti en o go to th o cal e " dsite" witto sit in on interrogations. The linguists we used were The linen° ation tee•fugues mainlyused by the interrogators in r
direct ap roan • d when interrogating detainees and
used repetitive questioning.
used the sympat fugue, an• used the direct approach, I never
heard any of my team physically abuse or humiliate a detainee. In re ace to naked detainees: One tittle when
and 1 went to the Hard Site to pick up a detainee to interrogate, we found the detainee naked in the cell. The
e:aineewas identified as a high level official. The detainee was not scared nor hurt, he was embarrassed because all he was a sheet that we provided him for the interrogation, and that there was a female in the cell with him and not having clothes. Detainees would tell us that they were beaten when they were initially arrested and they would show us their bruises. We wouldask thorn if they were in pain and offer to send a medic to check them out Often times the detainees that were beaten during
arrest were
quite relieved that they weren't being abused at the prison. One detainee that 1 recall admitted to lying to us because
he thought that he was going to be40i iiipdecided to talk. after he found out the we wouldn't hurt him. As far as the nakeddetainee in his cell, we (myself an
asked the MP a do not remember his name) to put his clothes back on. I do notknow why the detainee was naked . is clothes were not in the cell, we actually waited about 10-15 minutes for the MPs to findhis clothing, after they said that they didn't know which clothes were his because they were all together with other detainees clothing in a closet, we just got a sheet for the detainee to cover himself up with for the interrogation. We did leave him with the sheet when the interrogation was overThere were a quite a few others naked in the cell. I did not discuss this with anyone because it was known that the detainees were in their cells naked. It was a call by the MPs to keep them naked in the cells. This
occurred during the night shift when we . r • • tside i sits. After we moved into the "hard" building, Icontinued to sit in on interrogation
until 1 became part of a permanent tiger team withand linguist "c wcrc • , o e one Protection Section - l'iger Team 2 (I am not certain if team
was us or not) team lender was he was from the 519th. I did. sit on interrogations with him at times aswell, but for the most part I was wi
everyday for at least one to two interrogations a day. 1 do know that sheused stress positions but after we sign-. the • 5 , she seized ust those. 1 didnot sit in on any interrogations with her when
she used a stress position. After the tiger teams became permanent d I would talk together about the detaineeand information he might.know. She ono
t to ether her interrogation plan sed on any info anon that I needed to knowand find out. Never did I see or hear o
abusing onhumiliating detainees in public. and I were
assigned to a group of detainees that were bring
in the 'hardsite". We were down there practice y eve ay.
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We would go down to the "hardsite*, request the MP the op= the dote for the detainee we wanted to interrogateandthe MP
. .
'ream on the M1 Hold
would bring the detainee either to the shower upstairs on the second floor in the pivess
ways bad the detainee
side. We always preferred the staircase but sometimes OGA would get there before us.
ce aim individual winch was
sh down either on the floor on a chair and never used stress positions then. Wed
•on duty to strip him naked for
the leader of the group, more often than any other individuals. We asked the M
us for the interrogation, in this instance, for this Ocean= we were always in the ver, once the interrogation was
done or when we led him out of the room, he was always, clothed. Never did he leave that room with nothing on. We would . always ask the MP to escort the detainee for us back and forth from his cell to the interrogation room. If we used solitary, it wasr a h rt amount of time, not more than 30 minute in the hole. to scare the detainee because he was claustrophobic. Atnd I would request to do an interrogation in the early morning hours (0300-0400), we only did this twice
it use eve of
on the turn
would always start off her interrogation with the direct approach.
(I am unsure
fear u mild and other approaches. The detainee that we interrogated naked.was
fami y ptici -g .authotization
of the last name. but if I tee his name or photograph I can pick im out) Some of the techniques
its without the approval
when I first arrived at Abu Ohurayb were Sleep deprivation and eating habits. We could use stress
of higher. My team did not request/conduct any sleep deprivation or eating habit changes. After the IROEa were given to us in
My team followed •
mid•Oetober(imefnune is uncertain), we could no longer condo stress ositiotu without higher approval.
in
ould say that she always followed what was
the techniques posted on the 1ROEs that were posted in the ICE.
her, we had to sign them and then they were
the re ulation and what was taught at AIT When the IROEs came out in d
.. A . assess lite operations run at
ICE). A team from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
posted in the Interrogation C -_,P
AS At
CI Ag
Abu Ghurayb. Shortly afte from
(97E Ic.t...; ,......
Other the Force were
'Pilse, ion p ant
nd others that I do not recall at th tune. e i cepreter
(97E), was the
ov by the section leader and then higher. I do not know who approved it from big .
bad to
.:'.ue that u
one who wrote the interrogation plan with the techniques she would be using. If we wanted to use a tech
commanding approval a memorandum had to written, explaining why and what type of information he cou d provide, it had to beand he then took care of it from that point on. When we first started , interrogation plans were not
given to our section leader ,
really done ahead of time. The analyst would talk to the interrogator and ald them what we had found out. the
and 1 would plan and prepare the day
interrogator would write down the plan right before going into the booth
know who ff on the plan, after
before an interrogation and get the interrogation plan signed off the morning o .
was not around so
our section =ember one time I had to take an interrogation plan for signature
on that parucu ar interrogetion plan.
1 gave it to to sign 1 do not remember what techniques were
get it signed we were on a
I don't create or write any interrogation reports or plans. I only brought it to
.reviewed
o ion specific to, bat
strict time slot to get into an interrogation. .1 do not recall who the '
. I can't say for sure that the orations
the plan and signed off on it. I then returned it to our team lead
personnel knew of our detainee being interrogated naked. I can on assume since they had to sign the.interroganon plan. I
OL PAPPAS moved in permanently. We would see COI.
departed Abu Gliurayb late October to early November soon after
worked and,in the ICE area. He never spoke to us. I
Pappas almost everyday walking around in our •LSA where
tainees other than at the beginning when 1 went to the
did walk the h -c day but I do not remember seeing
hard site wit •: As far as humil
nee. I do not know of any incident other than when we had.thcm would someumes come by and check on us when we were
stripped nee o ation only.
ould also come by and c c to ice if everything was okay or if we needed him for anything. The
interrogating.
only tune that 1 saw any officers down in the hard site is when they were doing their *tours' to the Red Cross or visiting high r.utking personnel. I would see the CPT Of the MP company down there most often. I know we had observers after webiathe interrogation booths, I do not know who was there because the booth bad a one way mirror. We went off of the IROE
NSF and the ICE leadership, directed to us. 1 don't know who directed them to give it to us. In the beginning. a lot of the techniques and approaches were discussed verbally between people and approvals were given that way (but I can't name specifically who would talk to whom). Later on, they started buckling down on a lot. 1 do not know specifically why. Alter being read the interrogation techniques from the power point slide, I am not sure what technique the naked interrogations fellunder. It doesn't seem like it would fall under any of the 1ROEs listed. I never sat in on an interrogation where a detainee was told to sit against the wall. 1 never saw or was aware of any detainee abuse, humiliation, photos of detaioecs or videos of 'detainees. 1 had redeployed by the time CID began their uivesugation on the abuse. The only CID investigation I remember was the. the mortar attack. I do not know of any other detainees being interrogated naked. I only heard rumors of it being
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