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Army Updates Detainee Operations Information: March 15, 2006

The U.S. Army continued its effort to keep the public informed concerning detainee operations by releasing March 15 about 9,000 documents pursuant to Freedom of Information Act litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Today’s release marks the final release of Army documents in the ACLU litigation. Over 90,000 pages of documents relating to detainee operations were released.

The Army is committed to ensuring that all of its Soldiers live up to the Army Values and adhere to the Law of War regardless of the environments 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 90,000 pages of documents released. Additionally, more than 600 investigations have examined allegations of detainee mistreatment. Thus far, allegations against more than 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.

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Documents contained in this release of approximately 9,000 pages include:

* Memoranda, briefings, emails and other documents from the Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG), dated between November 2003 and May 2004.

* The unclassified portions of the January 2005 Department of the Army Inspector General (DAIG) report regarding alleged improprieties by BG Janis Karpinski.

* The unclassified portions of Appendix G to the July 2004 DAIG Detainee Operations Inspection report.

* The December 2004 USARC IG report on reserve unit detainee operations training.

* The AR 15-6 investigation regarding the shooting of detainees during a June 2003 riot at Abu Ghraib.

* A September 2004 memo to OCAR summarizing all disciplinary actions taken against USAR Soldiers for detainee abuse.

* Memoranda, emails and EXSUMs from OCAR regarding the implementation of the Taguba investigation’s recommendations on discipline of USAR military police and military intelligence Soldiers, including summaries of pending and completed actions.

* Commander’s inquiry regarding the shooting of detainees during an April 2003

riot at Camp Bucca.

* Extensive email traffic from February through May 2004 from the 88th Regional Readiness Command commanding general and the Staff Judge Advocate regarding the logistics and disposition of cases arising from the detainee deaths at Bagram, Afghanistan, involving the 377th Military Police Company.

* Fifteen U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Reports Of Investigations involving detainee abuse, of which one was founded and five were referred to Naval Criminal Investigative Service for disposition.

* Re-released records of trial for Spec. Megan Ambuhl and Spec. Armin Cruz,

Soldiers involved in Abu Ghraib-abuse incidents.

* Re-released pre- and post-mobilization training records for the 372d Military Police Company.

* Re-released standard operating procedures for the Camp Duke detainee facility and the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment brigade holding area.

* Thirteen U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Reports Of Investigations involving detainee abuse, of which three found sufficient evidence to conclude that abuse occurred.

* Documents from Office of the Provost Marshal General, including emails, briefing slides and significant action reports.

* Interview transcripts from the Center of Military History.

* Counseling statements, records of non-judicial punishment and administrative separation (Chapter 10) for Soldiers who were involved in detainee abuse cases.

* The Article 32 investigations for Spec. Charles Graner Jr. and SGT Javal Davis. These Soldiers were involved in the Abu Ghraib abuse incidents.

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