Army Updates Detainee Operations Information
April 7, 2005
MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Army continued its effort to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing documents today pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union (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.
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. 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 action.
The Army remains committed to addressing identified problems in detainee operations and to communicating the progress to the public.
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. 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).
1) Breakdown of the information released:
o 5 trial records of individuals accused of detainee abuse
o Summary courts-martial documents
o Testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee pertaining to detainee abuse
o Information papers pertaining to detainee operations
o Unit training packages, operating procedures, and other materials pertaining to the treatment, handling of detainees
o Unit guidelines for the interrogation of prisoners
2) No pictures or other exhibits are included in this release.
3) All of the cases cited in this release have been adjudicated, resulting in reductions in rank, forfeiture of pay, confinement, and other adverse administrative action.