Taguba Report Annex 3: Army Memo re: Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade Detainee Operations

Memorandum from CENTCOM to the Commander of the Coalition Forces Land Component Command to conduct an investigation in the the 800th Military Police Brigade's detainee operations and allegations of detainee abuse from November 1, 2003 to time of the memorandum.

Doc_type: 
Non-legal Memo
Doc_date: 
Saturday, January 24, 2004
Doc_rel_date: 
Monday, October 18, 2004
Doc_text: 

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UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAI'\l)
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KEI10;v.r-.::::UM roF. COMMANDER CO;,:":TIor-: FORCES LAND COMPONOr.
COMMANI:i,'~.5. ARMY FORCES CENTRA:" COMMAND A?~
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SlJI3JEC:-:nves:lgatlOn =~ the BOO'h Mlll.tary Poll.ce (MP, Brlgade
~ptalnee Operations
y~u are ~ereby dire=ted to conduct an lnves~~gatl.or. lnto the SilO'" MP Brigade's detentl.on and lnterrunent operations from ~ Ilovember 200.3 to the present, Because your investigatl.on Wl. __ LIl=lUl.re lntO the conduct of Brigade leaders at all levels 0: command, appoint an lnvestl.gating officer who is senior co the cu:'rent BOO'h M? Brigade comuander, Your investigating officer :m-.·; use Army regulatlons and processes as gUldelines.
The lnvestlgatio~ should lnquire into all o! the facts and
71: c'_,:r..st.ances surrounCl.ng recent reports 0: suspected detalnee a~_se I have forwarded relevant macerial under separate cover 'rt.-:-lnvestigation shoulc further inquire into detainee escapes and a:::countabili:y lapses as reported by CJTF-i. These lr,':ldents re:lec':: poorly upon the Brigade and suggest possible s~ .:te::u:: problems, tc include a lack of proflciency In detention ~.,e::at.ions, the absence of clea:: sta:1dards, and supervisory =~1551ons Severa: related lnvestlgacions are currently :~,qclng. including a USACIOC lnves:igatlon lnto speclfic :rc~dents =oncernlng the Brigade'S operations. The purpose of :~~s :~vestlgation should be ~o ga~n a more camprehenslve and ~;. -eI\compassing inqulry lnto the iltness and performance 0: the ~:n=~ ~? Brlgade.
',::e report of investlga~lon must in::lude findlngs of fact 3~= :~ci~=ate whether any mls:::onduct o~ negligence occurred :'Jl-:;:ler, the report must maite recommendations concerning -:-,: .... rec::.~ve measure.:; and di!"ciplinary actions, as approprJ.ate, -: ... nall)" :;he Booth MP Brigad... is a reserve unit and is SCheduled for 6emoblli:acl.on, Accordlngly, ensure that jurisdiction is ma~~=a~nec ove~ any members =t :;he Brlgade that are su~pecte6 ot
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~~:s lnvest~gation muSl become the prlmary duty of the ~:1'.'~ s:: 19!!::1 ns of f 1 ce r The: 1 na~ repor: 0 ~ 1 nvest 19a t 1 on should
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'::'::":-E:-: Inves:'lga~lor. c:: the a-Je" t-::.lltar~· Pollee (t1F e=.lgade Dr.:3l~ee vpe:-at.lons
c". c::lmp::'e:ec:l and ret~=nec t:: me by 1 Harc:-. 2004. Su~:.: an:' reque~~s tc:-an extenS.lon .l~ a timely manne:-and outl~ne the reaS.:lr. for the requested de::'ay. The se=.lousness of these ~::~gations warrants a thorough and promp:. investigation.
=-~? THE COMMANDER

R. STEVEN WHITCOMB
Ha)qr General. US~

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63