Background


The Taguba
Report (May 2004) is the common name of an official Army Regulation 15-6
military inquiry conducted in 2004 into the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse by United
States military forces in Iraq.


In his
Findings of Fact, Major General Taguba wrote:


“That
between October and December 2003, at the Abu Ghraib Confinement Facility
(BCCF), numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses
were inflicted on several detainees. This systemic and illegal abuse of
detainees was intentionally perpetrated by several members of the military
police guard force (372nd Military Police Company, 320th Military Police
Battalion, 800th MP Brigade), in Tier (section) 1-A of the Abu Ghraib Prison
(BCCF). The allegations of abuse were substantiated by detailed witness
statements (ANNEX 26) and the discovery of extremely graphic photographic
evidence…In addition to the aforementioned crimes, there were also abuses
committed by members of the 325th MI Battalion, 205th MI Brigade, and Joint
Interrogation and Debriefing Center (JIDC). Specifically, on 24 November 2003,
[name redacted] , 205th MI Brigade, sought to degrade a detainee by having him
strip and returned to cell naked. (ANNEXES 26 and 53)”.


In addition
he found:


“…that
the intentional abuse of detainees by military police personnel included the
following acts:


a. (S) Punching,
slapping, and kicking detainees; jumping on their naked feet;


b. (S) Videotaping
and photographing naked male and female detainees;


c. (S) Forcibly
arranging detainees in various sexually explicit positions for photographing;


d. (S) Forcing
detainees to remove their clothing and keeping them naked for several days at a
time;


e. (S) Forcing naked
male detainees to wear women’s underwear;


f. (S) Forcing groups
of male detainees to masturbate themselves while being photographed and
videotaped;


g. (S) Arranging
naked male detainees in a pile and then jumping on them;


h. (S) Positioning a
naked detainee on a MRE Box, with a sandbag on his head, and attaching wires to
his fingers, toes, and penis to simulate electric torture;


i. (S) Writing “I am
a Rapest” (sic) on the leg of a detainee alleged to have forcibly raped a
15-year old fellow detainee, and then photographing him naked;


j. (S) Placing a dog
chain or strap around a naked detainee’s neck and having a female Soldier pose
for a picture;


k. (S) A male MP
guard having sex with a female detainee;


l. (S) Using military
working dogs (without muzzles) to intimidate and frighten detainees, and in at
least one case biting and severely injuring a detainee;


m. (S) Taking
photographs of dead Iraqi detainees. (ANNEXES 25 and 26)”


The Taguba Report


The Taguba
Report [3,367 Pages] – PDF 1 | PDF 2 | PDF 3 | PDF 4 | PDF 5 | PDF 6


The Taguba
Report – Annexes (Partial release)


Donald Rumsfeld Visit to Abu Ghraib


On May 13,
2004, then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited Abu Ghraib prison.
 He stated that whomever was responsible for the atrocities that occurred
there, they would be brought to justice.


Intrigued by
the event, I was interested in documents relating to his visit. So, on May 18,
2004, I requested all documents from the Department of Defense, related to his
visit.


I did not
know it then, but I would wait more than 11 YEARS for the documents to be
reviewed and released.  But, what I also did not realize, was that it
would be ANOTHER FIFTEEN MONTHS before I would find out — the DOD sent my
response to the wrong address.


I did check
in from time to time, asking for updates relating to my request. However, I
never got any updates. When I finally stopped asking, and requested the FOIA
Case Processing notes on September 14, 2016, I was contacted by the DOD with
the following note:


Good
morning Mr. Greenewald,


We
have received your request for the case processing notes for 04-F-1563. I was
concerned by your statement that you never received a response, particularly
because I recall signing this case. It was one of our ten oldest last year so I
remember it fairly well.


We
did close you request in June of 2015, however, it appears your final response
was mailed to the incorrect address. The AO for the case will send you a copy
of the response letter and the responsive documents electronically.


Please
accept our apologies and let me know if we can do anything else for you on this
matter.


Thankfully,
the office at the DOD sent me the responsive documents electronically (now
available below). And by looking at their letter — they sent these records to
the Associated Press (AP) in June of 2015.  I am glad I kept pushing for
answers – or I would’ve been a REALLY old man before I figured out what
happened.


Although not
the longest I have waited for documents to come, it’s up there. But what is
strange, is why would it take so long? There were only 12 pages that required
review. That is almost 1 year PER PAGE by the time I got the documents in my
hands. In addition, the redactions are all (b)(6) exemptions, which means they
are names or it’s information redacted that is an invasion of personal privacy,
if released. Those are pretty easy to determine, and should take a year per
page.


I have
requested the case processing note – and am eager to see what happened with
this. But alas, the documents are finally here, and ready to download:


Declassified DOD Documents



Donald
Rumsfeld Visit to Abu Ghraib Documents
 [15 Pages, 2.7MB]

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