Letter from DOD Official to DOD Official re: Response to Senator Leahy Queries on Potential Detainee Abuse

Letter is a response to questions from Senator Leahy regarding the treatment of detainees in US custody. The letter denies the use of hoods, stripping or stress positions. States that "Lt Gen. Sanchez's 05/13/2004 memo prohibits the use of sensory deprivation (hoods), stress positions or sleep deprivation".

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Letter
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Friday, May 28, 2004
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Thursday, June 29, 2006
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Document Number: 38 Document Type: Information Paper Classification:-K-C-1€4403FORN--Date of Document: Unknown To/From: DIA Subject: Response to Senator Leahy Queries Pages: 2
28 May 2004
INFORMATION PAPER
Subject: Response to Senator Leahy Queries
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(U) Purpose. To answer the Senator's question on whether prisoners in U.S. custody are being stripped of their clothes, forced to wear hoods, required to stand or assume painful positions for hours or days, or subject to other painful or humiliating treatment.

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Rev Points.


Detainees arriving at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are strip searched as a force protection measure. No detainees are stripped of their clothes nor have they ever been. Hoods are not put on detainees. Detainees are not stood up or made to assume painful positions. Detainees in Guantanamo are treated humanely and are provided excellent medical care.


A memo on Interrogation and Counter-Resistance Policy from Lt Gen Ricardo Sanchez (CMDR CJTF 7) was promulgated on the 13th of May. The memo details the types of interrogation techniques that are and are not authorized throughout the AOR.


CDR USCENTCOM never authorized stripping prisoners of their clothes for discomfort or softening purposes.


Lt Gen Sanchez's 13 May 2004 memo prohibits the use of sensory deprivation (Hoods). The memo also precludes forcing detainees to stand or assume painful positions or the use of sleep deprivation

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