several occasions, witness ("W") saw detainees
("ds") in interrogation rooms chained hand and
foot in fetal position to floor w/no chair/ food/water;
most urinated or defecated on selves, and were left there
18, 24 hrs or more. Once, the air conditioning was so
low that the barefoot d was shaking with cold. Another
time, it was off so the unventilated room was over 100
degrees, d was almost unconscious on floor with a pile
of hair next to him (he had apparently been pulling it
out throughout the night). Another time, it was sweltering
hot and loud rap music played - d's hand and foot was
chanined and he was in a fetal position on the floor.
Upon inquiry, W was told that interrogators [military
contractors] ordered this treatment. Took place in Delta
was kept in darkened cell in Naval Brig at GTMO, then
transferred to Camp Delta where he gave no info. Then
taken to Camp X-Ray and put in plywood hut. Interrogators
yelled and screamed at him. One interrogator squatted
over the Koran. Another day a German Shepherd was commended
to growl, bark and show his teeth to the prisoner. Subsequently
someone laughingly told the W "you have to see this"
and took him to an interrogation room where W saw a d
with a full beard whose head was wrapped in duct tape
contractor asked W (an FBI SA) to come see something.
There was an unknown bearded longhaired d gagged w/duct
tape that covered much of his head. SA asked if he had
spit at interrogators, and the contractor laughingly replied
that d had been chanting the Koran nonstop. No answer
to how they planned to remove the duct tape.
saw canine used aggressively to intimidate a d
in darkened cell in Naval Brig where they planned to interrogate
him for 24 hours straight, W was told the Secretary [Rumsfeld]
approved this technique. Saw interrogator straddle the
Koran while d was handcuffed to chair, d held in chain
link cage w/cover over top
observed sleep deprivation interviews w/strobe lights
and loud music. Interrogator said it would take 4 days
to break someone doing an interrogation 16 hrs w/lights
and music on and 4 hrs off. Handwritten note next to typed
synopsis says "ok under DoD policy"
that interrogator bragged about doing lap dance on d,
another about making d listen to satanic black metal music
for hours then dressing as a Priest and baptizing d to
save him - handwritten note says "yes"
heard rumor that male d was dressed in female clothing,
made up and given a lap dance by female prison guard.
Was told this was a tactic to break the d and get cooperation
observed d in a stress position - w/in regs of military
techniques but outside MIOG
walked into Camp Delta observation room and saw d rubbing
his leg due to possibly being in stress position. D was
wearing leg irons and handcuffed w/cuffs chained to waist.
W was advised the chains were adjusted to force D to stand
in "baseball catcher" position. D was being
questioned by 2 military officers. D was previously held
in brig and questioned for 2 months w/no results. Permission
had been granted to use "special interrogation techniques"
informed that a d was admitted to hospital for hypothermia,
had low blood pressure and low body core temp; Lt Col
subsequently said at daily staff mtg that d did not have
hearing what sounded like "thunder," W saw 2
individuals dressed in BDUs standing and an inmate kneeling
on a bloody floor with his forehead on the ground, holding
his nose and crying. They said d become upset and threw
himself on floor. W heard previously that a female military
personnel would wet her hands and touch the ds face as
part of their psych-ops to make them feel unclean and
upset them. W heard that in an effort to disrupt ds who
were praying during interrogation, female intelligence
personnel would do this
detainee brought into interview shack at Camp x-ray appeared
to have broken fingers and facial injuries. W was told
that d exhibited noncompliance w/prison guard and rapid
reaction team was brought in to bring d into compliance.
He was in a plywood shack adjacent to "dog cages".
D had black eye, facial cuts around nose, and taped fingers.
He motioned to guards and said "they"
handwritten note "yes - Do interview so we will have
a formal record. I think I know what all he saw."
saw d in interview room sitting on floor w/Israeli flag
draped around him, loud music and strobe lights. W suspects
this practice is used by DOD DHS based on who he saw in
pointed to marks on wrists from shackles, upset at wearing
hood, alleged guards beat him. Claims he is innocent of
any crime and was arrested while dining w/guests at his
house. Two weapons found at his house; he said he got
them 8-10 yrs ago. Insisted he was a simple farmer and
allegations were false. Yet his hands were smooth.
says he was beaten unconscious at Camp x-ray. Guards entered
cell unprovoked and spat and cursed at him, called him
SOB, bastard and crazy. D rolled on stomach to protect
self due to recent stomach surgery. Soldier jumped on
his back, beat him in the face, then choked him till he
passed out. Said he was beating him because he was a Muslim.
Female guard also beat him and grabbed his head and beat
it into the cell floor. D taken to hospital after.
put in isolation after a dispute over arguing with a guard
over his food.
story re his arrest/innocence. D claims he was arrested
by the Saudis under suspicion stemming from Khobar Towers
bombing, sent to prison in Dammam where beaten for 2 weeks
prior to interrogation. Detained 3 mos then released.
Later detained again and released. Traveled to Bahrain
and got 5 yr tourism visa from US embassy. After 2 months
went back to Saudi Arabia to visit sick father. 8 mos
later returned to US. Back and forth until 9/11. His travels
were funded by Saudis, including his father.
situated in observation booth in between two interview
rooms, booth crowded. D seated in chair and secured w/shackles
at feet. Lights off except for strobe, loud rock music.
Continued for 30-60 minutes. W was told such tactics were
Handwritten notes "No - This would be consistent
saw d w/bloodshot eyes and blood congealed to eyelashes,
hw notes - "No. No other bruising to suggest he as
hit. Looks like conjunctivitis or other eye infection
rather than result of bruise."
sat D down on floor in center of room while rap music
played loudly and interviewers laughed, smoked cigars
and blew smoke at d's face
hw notes - "No. Seems consistent w/DoD policy"
heard of technique (not allowed by FBI agents) where a
difficult d who would not cooperate would be left in shackles
for extended time (12 hrs or more) and the AC turned way
low or off.
hw notes "environment down - doesn't seem excessive
given DoD policy"
on floor w/Israeli flag draped around him, loud music
playing, strobe light flashing
hw notes "No - consistent w/DoD policy. Israeli flag
is over the top - but not abusive."
email from Valerie Caproni: "No further interview
necessary. Loud music and strobe light would be within
the notion of environment down' that is an approved
technique for DoD. The Israeli flag, though obnoxious,
doesn't seem to change the basic technique into one that
would be unlawfully abusive."
short shackling to the floor, cold temperatures, loud
music, strobe lights and left in interrogation room for
long periods - consistent with Dod policy - not FBI policy
were off in interview room except for a strobe light and
loud music played while a clothed d sat on the floor alone
handwritten note: "No. Psych-ops appron [?] w/in
saw interrogation thru one-way glass - d seated in middle
of floor while loud rap or heavy metal music played. Two
interrogators stood above d laughing and blowing cigar
smoke in d's face. W thinks they were with Defense Humint
Services or contracted by Army
handwritten note "No - consistent w/DoD policy"
ds complained of inappropriate behavior i.e., incident
in which d alleged female guard removed her blouse and,
while pressing her body against a shackled and restrained
d rom behind, handled his genatalia and wiped menstrual
blood on his head and face as punishment for lack of cooperation
observed d shackled to the bolt on the floor in a kneeling
position in dark room w/flashing strobe light and loud
handwriting "no - consistent with DoD policy"
in which d wd be placed in interview room approx 6-8 hrs
prior to interview w/AC turned down as low as 55 degrees.
D would be restrained from adjusting AC
hw note - "no - consistent w/DoD policy"
d said he only wanted to speak to someone introduced by
his regular interrogators he was yelled at for 25 minutes.
D was short shackled, room temp lowered, strobe lights
used and maybe loud music 2 males interrogators yelled
at him and said he was never leaving here They left d
along in this condition for 12 hours. D could not eat,
pray or use the bathroom.
being debriefed by NAE for 15 hours periodically threw
up in trash can. W was told D had ulcer and stress was
irritating it. Later told he had stomach virus.
hw note - "no - consistent w/DoD policy not
nice but not abusive consistent w/ [?]oD policy"
observed women crying near the river, their homes had
been destroyed by planes. Trucks full of people trying
to surrender were blown up by planes. On 2d day after
capture, d was put in a ditch by Northern Alliance people.
Next day, he was allowed to jump into a truck and taken
to Mazar-e-Sharif where he was forced into a metal "shipping"-type
container w/about 100 men. The container was then closed
and d blacked out due to lack of air. When he awoke, there
were new holes in the container., The man next to him
was dead. He thinks he was in the container 24 hours -
only 20 men survived. When it opened he was at Sabergaan
jail. The dead were put into a hole and buried, he heard
that those too weak to get out of the container were as
well. US soldiers arrived about a month later
music and strobe lights