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Army Updates Detainee Operations Information - December 21, 2005

The Army continued its effort to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing 3,100 documents today pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The Army is committed to ensuring that all of its Soldiers live up to the Army Values and the Law of War regardless of the environment or circumstances. The Army and Combatant Commanders have conducted numerous investigations, inspections and inquiries, examining all aspects of detention operations. The major inquiries are based on more than 2,800 interviews and over 59,000 pages of documents released. Additionally, more than 500 investigations have examined allegations of detainee mistreatment. Thus far, allegations against over 251 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 its progress to the public.



Documents contained in this release of over 3,100 pages include:

Detainee statements, policy documents and correspondence from the Criminal Investigation Task Force relating to operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, dated between June 2002 and August 2004.

● The September 2003 report on detainee operations from the 101st Airborne Division IG.

● Two administrative investigations regarding the shooting of detainees in Iraq.

● Eight investigative reports regarding detainees. The reports investigated allegations of abuse, robbery and maltreatment.

● Instructor notes from the “Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Legal Principles” course (dated 18 March 2004) taught at the US Army Intelligence Center.

● MNF-I Detainee Operations Commander’s Conference Update from August 2004.

● A 12 May 2004 memorandum from the 4th ID SJA to the IG detailing incidents of detainee abuse by TF Ironhorse Soldiers.

● Assessments of detainee operations by various units including 4th ID and 2nd ACR.

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