Internal FBI Email re: [No Subject]

The document is an internal FBI email, regarding the development of a conduct policy for FBI agents participating in detainee interrogations at Guantanamo Bay.

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Email
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Friday, May 28, 2004
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
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DECLASSIFIED BY 65179 Ed:
LIN 0-28-2UU9
BOWMAN, MARION E. (OGC) (FBI)
From: 1(OGC) (FBF)
Sent: Friday, May 28, 2004 9:06 AM
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To: . rAnroni Vlerie E. (OGC) (FBI); BOWMAN, MARION E. (OGC) .
Subject: RE:
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RECORD 66F-HQ-A-1258990 •
For what it's worth, I think analytical outline is right on. •But, I think the decision• that it is in the Natioh'S best
interests to have FBI interviewers on-scene has'in fact been made, sub silentio, at the executive levels in the,FBI
and the DOJ at least(aibeit w/o this lawyer-like analysis of risk versus benefit) by the mere act of sending our guys
there in company with the• other agency personnel. And from what those ,agents told us the otherday, it sounds •
like there is value added by our presence. Perhaps, it should be' made in:writing by FBI and sent to the
Department to be blessed-Lalbeit'after the fact.
If we get hung up.too much on what we view as Words of art (but which agents and others . will view as semantics), b7c
i.e., ':participating" "condoning" "reaping the benefits of," we will get accused of either trying to draw a line that
can't be draWn; being disingenuous by putting a pretty caption under a dirty picture; and mainly we will risk giving "
agents over there unworkable guidance. •
Suggest we just limit our distinctions to allowing our agents. to be present, to interview thesepeople whenever the
.agents deem it appropriate and productive but to avoid actually engaging in interview techniques that violate FBI '
standards—and.have that policy blessed at the highest levels like) I•uggested--understanding full well the
probability that the FBI will get tarred by any taint that comes.out of the .conduct of others but that our leadership: •
recognizes that and will support our agents when that happens.
Original Mescaw
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.Sent: I •rsday, May 27, 2004 7:08 PM • '
ITo: Canrnni VAIArip P lnrzn(ppin• O7WMAN, MARION E. (OGC) (FBI);
Subject: RE:
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RECORD 66F-HQ-A-1253990
For what it's worth these are my opinions: .
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1-So long as the DOD interrogation techniques, are lawful, I do not believe it is unlawful for FBI
agents, consistent with FBI guidelines, to question detainees after DOD• techniqUes are used.. •
2: FBI is participating (or certainly will be viewed as participating) in aggressive but lawful DOD techniques
where FBI agents are embedded with the military interrogators end merely as a policy absent themselves
from the rough stuff and then come back in (minutes, hours or days later) to question the detainee;
3-- If there is a decision that the FBI's continued involvement in the interrogation of detainees is in the best .
interests of the Nation, that decision must be confirmed at the highest levels of the,Department in order to
give the men and women of the FBI the comfort that down the road they will be hung out to dry.
.4-Without clear statement of benefit's versus the risks, I believe that extreme forward deployment of FBI'
must be reconsidered. •
Original Message
From: Caproni, Valerie E. (CGC) (FBI)
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2004 6:43. PM
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