Statement of FBI Behavioral Science Consultation Team Psychiatrist re: Investigation of Possible Detainee Abuse at Guantanamo Bay

Interview (conducted via email) of a former Psychiatrist with the Behavioral Science Consultation Team (BSCT). The interviewee witnessed the use of dogs during the interrogation of a detainee, and observed female interrogators using sexual tension as an interrogation technique. The interviewee also heard of military interrogators yelling at detainees and using loud music during interrogations.

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Interview
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005
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Monday, January 1, 2007
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ormer Psychiatrist with the
SUMMARIZED WITNESS STATEMENT OF MA .
Behavioral Science Consultation Team (BSCT), sent in an e-mat response on 28 February 2005.
His statement was substantially as follows:

I was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO) from July to December 2002.

During the course of the interview I was asked about what I knew about detainee abuse at was specifically asked about the following acts: Inappropriate use of military
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working dogs, inappropriate use of duct tape, impersonation of or interference with FBI agents,
inappropriate-iike of loud music and/or yelling, sleep deprivation, short-shackling, inappropriate
use of extreme temperatures during interrogation, and inappropriate use of sexual tension as an
interrogation technique, to include use of lap dances and simulated menstrual fluids.

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I have personal knowledge of the following:
'tnessed military working dogs being used in interro on of a detaine
intensive to e.on.ee aste • or e.part of a month in November/December timeframe of 2002. We were told the use of dogs was an approved part o the interrogation plan. Dogs were used to intimidate the detainee by getting the dogs close to him and then having the dogs bark or act aggressively on command. I never saw a dog allowed to bite or otherwise injure a detainee. I never saw dogs used except in the interrogation of this sole detainee. One dog that was used regularly for this was a dog named, "Zeus". I do not recall the name of the handler.
It was common to observe and hear about military interrogators "yelling" at detainee's d •
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interrogations. Fwever I only saw loud music used in the interrogation sessions o
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uring those interrogations, loud music was commonly employed and was used wi .t e framework of the interrogation plan designed to confuse, disorient, and overwhelm the defenses 5 of this detainee.
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exual tension was one of many interrogation procedures approved for use in interrogations of detainees (if approved in the interrogation plan). One example of sexual tension: an interrogator rubbing against a detainee. It was felt that this sort of shocking behavior and might "rattle" the detainee. It would be culturally taboo, disrespectful, humiliating, and potentially unexpected. I did see female interrogators use scented perfumes or oils on their fingertips so that when the interrogator touched a detainee that the oil or scent would be hard to wash off.
It was hoped,
would be frustrating, disconcerting, embarrassing to the detainee. It was done again to enforce a commonly used "futility approach". AR 15-6 GTMO InvestigationExhibit 43 .of 76 Exhibits
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All things considered, I am proud as hell at the restraint demonstrated by the interrogators I
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I declare under p.that foregoing in a true and correct summary of the statement given by
44 the witness,. Executed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, on 29 March 2005.
5vJOHN FURLOW estigating Officer


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