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Friday, February 15, 2008

More than 24,000 interrogations have been conducted at Guantánamo since 2002 and EVERY ONE WAS VIDEOTAPED

let's see if THIS grows legs...

Mark Denbeaux
Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law
Director, Seton Hall Law Center for Policy and Research
Joshua Denbeaux,* and R. David Gratz,*
Denbeaux & Denbeaux
Counsel to two Guantánamo Detainees
Jennifer Ellick ’09
Michael Ricciardelli ’08
Matthew Darby ’08
Research Fellows
Seton Hall Law Center for Policy and Research


[P]ublicly available Government documents demonstrate the following:

  • More than 24,000 interrogations have been conducted at Guantánamo since 2002
  • Every interrogation conducted at Guantánamo was videotaped.
The Central Intelligence Agency is just one of many entities that interrogated detainees at Guantánamo.

The agencies or bureaus that interrogated at Guantánamo include: the Central Intelligence Agency and its Counterterrorism Center; the Criminal Investigation Task Force (CITF); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) of the FBI; Defense Intelligence Analysis (DIA); Defense Human Intelligence (HUMINT); Army Criminal Investigative Division (ACID); the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI); and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Private contractors also interrogated detainees.

Each of these entities has identical motives to destroy taped investigations as has the Central Intelligence Agency. As one former senior Central Intelligence Agency official put it: “It’s a qualitatively different thing—seeing it versus reading about it.”

One Government document, for instance, reports detainee treatment so violent as to “shake the camera in the interrogation room” and “cause severe internal injury.” Another describes an interrogator positioning herself between a detainee and the camera, in order to block her actions from view.

The Government kept meticulous logs of information related to interrogations. Thus, it is ascertainable which videotapes documenting interrogations still exist, and which videotapes have been destroyed.

in a parallel universe somewhere, a report like this would result in the resignation of the president, the vice president, and the entire cabinet...

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