Testimony of a Male Staff Sergeant
This is an excerpt from a summary of an interview that took place on 9 February 2005 at a conference room at the 250th MI [= Military Intelligence] Battalion Headquarters, Long Beach, California. On 29 March 2005, at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Investigating Officer BG John Furlow declared under penalty that said summary was true and correct. The summary was released by the US Government on 15 June 2006 under a FOIA request by the ACLU, who made it public on June 19, 2006.
I was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GTMO) from August 2002 to February 2003. At the time I was stationed at GTMO I was assigned as an interrogator for the Special Projects Team from October 2002 to November 2002 and the rest of the time I was assigned to the Central Asia Team.
During the course of the interview I was asked about what I knew about detainee abuse at Guantanamo. I was specifically asked about the following acts: Inappropriate use of military working dogs, inappropriate use of duct tape, impersonation of or interference with FBI agents, inappropriate use of loud music and/or yelling, sleep deprivation, short-shackling, inappropriate use of extreme temperatures during interrogation, and inappropriate use of sexual tension as an interrogation technique, to include lap dances and simulated menstrual fluids.
I have personal knowledge of the following:
I never impersonated an FBI agent or heard of any other interrogators impersonating FBI agents. However, I would try anything except impersonating clergy, medical, or Red Cross. If you can use it and sell it to a detainee I say try it. A lot of interrogators used different "roles".
I am aware of yelling and loud music being used in interrogations. I yelled and used loud music during interrogations. [REDACTED] I don't recall music being used outside of Camp X-Ray. We would use "female artist/music" like Brittney [sic] Spears or Christina Aguilera. Yelling was part of Fear Up Harsh.
We never denied a detainee food or water. ISN [REDACTED] refused food and water all the time. He was fasting.
I never witnessed or heard of an interrogator performing a "lap dance" on a detainee [REDACTED] (Enclosures to the Schmidt-Furlow Report (Part 1), p. 850).
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