Fay Report Annex: Statement of a Staff Sergeant, 3401st Strategic Military Intelligence Detachment re: Detainee Interrogations and Handling at Abu Ghraib Prison

Sworn statement of a Staff Sergeant, US Army Reservist- member of GTMO Tiger Team, which deployed to Abu Ghraib prison from early October 2003 until mid December 2003. Recalled interview techniques, including 'fear up' and 'ego down,' stated the techniques were verbal and not abusive. Also observed sleep deprivation being used and stress positions (make the detainee stand or sit/stand/sit repeatedly). Did not observe naked detainees, but heard a detainee in Tier 1B being stripped down and another being shackled because he would spread/eat his own feces. Did not observe dogs in AG, but knew it was a 'fear up' technique used in GTMO.

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Interview
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Friday, June 4, 2004
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SWORN STATEMENT agency
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1. LOCATION 2004/06/04 ‘.5

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Metro Park, Alexandria. VA E-6/USAR
NAME, FIRST NAME, MIDDLE NAME
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3401st Strategic. Military Intelligence Detachment, Gaithersburg, MD

S. ORGANIZATION OR ADD

9. , WANT TO MAKE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT UNDER OATH:
I was a member of the Guantanamo TIGER TEAM (TT) which deployed from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO) to Abu Ghraib,
Iraq from early October 2003 until mid December 2003. I am a US Army reserve solider assigned to the 3409th Strategic

2003 to December 2003 and other than my
MD. 1 was activated from January
Gaithersburg,
ry Intelligeneied as an analyst ' GTMO. M TT was tasked to train rsonnel in Abu Ghraib on the GTMO TIGER
Militaryi
time in Iraq functionedi and consisted o ecalled) and departed circa the
TEAM conte t. My team was led b i3 (exact date unr
MG
and myself. We arriv at Abu G i circa early October
eddle of December 2003. We were the second of two groups sent from GTMO to Abu Ghraib. The first visit included
Mo anon and etennon operations in Iraq and formulating recommendation for
Miller and focused on as ssi •iere part of this first team. Our team arrived about 2 weeks after the first
iconte t changes/improvements.i
had departed to assess the status of implementation of MG Miller's recommendations and how well the TIGER TEAMi
was be' assimilated into operations. Almost immediately on arrival our team was split up operationally.
and/leadership at Abu Ghraicidn't et involved wi
Diked primarily with thiand I were assigned to one or more of the five gations within Tier 1A.i e tl We all were; however, billeted together
operations inte tr
interrogation teams and for the duration o ur time there did not wor toge er
and saw each other on a daily basis. We all worked on the day shift from 0600-0600• We convened ad-hoc meetings at least
e we.discuss ed ur experieces, observations and recommendations and then wc "briefed'
two to three days wheat n observations/discussions concerned how well the GTMO TIGER TEAM
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concept was being integrated or employe . We were not at Abu Ghraib to teach interrogation; simply to implement the TT
concept. I don't recall our team ever discussing specific interrogation techniques employed, abuse, or unauthorized interroption
methods. My job was as an analyst. I worked with two different teams and rotated between their analysts. Sometimes I'd spend

ly a day with one analyst and sometimes several. At times I accompanied the analyt (as part of the TT) into interrogations and
s actively involve myself in the interrogation
on
at times 1 only helped focus arid prepare the analyst prior to an interrogation. I didn't
process or preparation other than its link to analysis. I observed about 1-2 interrogations per week. Interrogations were conducted in the interrogation booths or the stairwell or shower room of Tier 1A. did observe the interrogatorss providing s plans
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oval. She would plan coming backfor review and approval before their interrogations. These went to41 iiI don'ieverremember a
necessary with the interrogator and then initial the plan signifying her approval.
disapd. interrogation techniques I observed icluded mild "fear up" and "ego down." These were all verbal in nature and
n observed detainees who were naked although I once heard from an MP (name involved no humiliation or physical abuse. I never
unrecal led) abouetainee in Tr 1B who had been stripped down and of another detainee who was often shackled in his cell
ie I never heard o w anyone physically abuse a detainee. Sleep

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naked because ht spread feces on himself and/or ate it. and would not exceed a 36-48 hour period. I'm deprivation was a technique I saw employed. It was approved b iio know that there were limitations (NFI) on this thespecifics as it was an interrgator responsibllity u
not cerin ofis
techniques and it was also used in GTMO. Io never observed dogs in Abu Ghraib. They were used in GTMO during
roci p• I think it was a 'fear up' technique. I had no involvement in the "shooting incident." I heard about it after from in-s the interrogators had been called to assist. 1 never saw or heard about anyone taking photos in Abu Ghraib. Theonly
nd if be was uncooperative to make him sit/stand/sit
i
stress positins I observed or heard about were to make a detainee
res . On occasion I did see MPs and interrogators touch a detainee but it was never abusive; usually a hand on a shoulder repe atedly o
or arm to guide. Overall, my impression of interrogations (techniques) at Abu Ghraib was that they didn't differ much from
GTMO.
Q: Do you have anything else to add to this statement
A; No..

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