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Army Updates Detainee Operations Information

The Army continued its effort to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing documents pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The documents were mailed on 28 March 2005, to the Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York for subsequent release to the ACLU.

In all cases final disposition has been determined or the attorneys involved in the cases have determined that release of the information will not adversely affect the outcome of the case.

Several inquiries examining all aspects of detention operations have been completed and additional inquiries are underway. The major inquiries are based on more than 1700 interviews and more than 16,000 pages of documents. Additionally, more than 300 criminal investigations have viewed allegations of detainee mistreatment. Thus far, allegations against more than 100 military members have been addressed in courts-martial, non-judicial punishment, and other adverse administrative actions.

The Army remains committed to addressing identified problems in detainee operations and to communicating the progress to the public.

FACT SHEET

Background. The Army continued its effort to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations, by releasing documents pursuant to a FOIA litigation with the ACLU. The documents were provided to the Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York for subsequent release to the ACLU. In all cases included in this release, final disposition has occurred, or the determination has been made that release of the information will not adversely affect pending law enforcement proceedings (including where appropriate, adjudication).

Facts:

1) Breakdown of information released:

1 Report of Investigation (Maltreatment)

6 Military Police Records of previously released cases

6 Criminal Investigation Division policy documents

8 Executive Summary's of previously released cases

2) The one Report of Investigation is closed. The report contains information on a commander's disciplinary action taken against an officer, for the maltreatment of a detainee.

3) One Criminal Investigation Policy document is included, dated 3 April 2002, which articulates guidance concerning the reporting and investigation of any abuse of prisoners and detainees in deployed situations.

4) No pictures or other exhibits are included in this release.

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