FBI Afghanistan Operational Issues

This document lists "Issues to be discussed," including not compromising FBI ethics in a mission. It also continues a mission analysis featuring questions about interrogation and interviews, detention facility participation, command and control, SSEs, convoys and movement, task organization of FBI units, FBI mission purpose and objectives, other FBI investigative support, and clothing and equipment.

Non-legal Memo
Thursday, May 20, 2004
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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Subject: FBI Afghanistan Operational Issues
Issues to be discussed:
1. Over-riding Issue: FBI ethics must not be compromised in this mission. FBI
support', well intentioned as it may, be that brings short term results for the
military, however, that leads to long term problems for the FBI is not an •
acceptable course of action in this mission or any other.
2. Mission. Analysis •
a. Interrogation/interviews: Who, what, when, where, why and how FBI
agents participate; specifically how FBI interviews are conducted in
conjunction with military interrogation operations and methods; very ,
• difficult to separate the two in a war zone. Specific guidance must be
- Is it ethical for FBI agents to participate in interrogations jointly
where military interrogators are using hard interrogation
techniques (stress positionS, sleep depravaticin, diet manipulation, .
canines, ruses, etc.)? - • •
Is it ethical for FBI agents to receive detainees for interrogation
after having been in the custody of military interrogators who
have used hard interrogation techniques? -
Is it ethical for FBI agents to hand over detainees to military
interrogators who may use hard. interrogation techniques in the
- Is it ethical for FBI agents to conduct interviews of detainees,
multiple or singular in nature, who are housed in facilities where
agents know hard interrogation techniques are being applied?
b. detention facility participation: when do FBI agents operate in detention
facades, conduct interviews and under what conditions. , • .
c. - command and control: must identify and allocate resources (personnel
. - and equipment) that make it plausible for FBI On . Scene Commander
• (OCS) to Maintain a 24 hour, 7 day a week TOC in order to appropriately
. command and control FBI operations in theatre; although agents missions
are decentralizedin nature, it is inappropriate to place agents in positions
where they must wait days for an answer to acritical question.. .
d. SSEs: who; what, where, when and Why
e, convoys and movement: under what circumstances and rules do FBI
agents conduct secure convoy movements in order to avoid ambushes
f. task organization of FBI units: how are FBI agents assigned to military
and OGA elements and what are their missions, what are there restrictions;
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should agents be paired or alone; should FBI agents be assigned to units
that are conducting long term field operations
g. FBI mission purpose and objectives: tactical versus strategic intelligence; '
military support versus collection of terrorism related intelligence as it .
relates to the FBI CTD mission CONUS and OCONUS. •
h. Other FBI investigative support: FBI brings tremendous skill set to
theatre, we must outline FBI skills and task (Biometric/DNA collection, .
fingerprinting, bomb tech, target analysis, source recxuiting/managem. ent,
• general case management, consensual monitoring, body recorders, etc.); .
FBI must define these capabilities, determine which are feasible in theatre
' and allocate the appropriate training:and equipment allocation.for their
use. •
i. Clothing and Equipment: FBI agents assigned to theater must be properly •
equipped with appropriate equipment and clothing in order to execute this,
mission properly.