Testimony of a Second Female 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 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 7 August 2002 to 15 February 2003. While I was stationed at GTMO, I was assigned as an interrogator to the Gulf States Team. I was on loan during late November or early 2002 to the Special Projects 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 am not aware of any interrogators being suspended or disciplined for interrogation misconduct.
I was never asked to use sexual tension in my interrogations. I never touched a detainee in a sexual manner. I may have touched a detainee or put my hand close to a detainee's face so the detainee had to acknowledge my existence, but never in a forceful or sexual manner. I would get close to a detainee to ensure he was paying attention to me and make sure that he was focused on the interrogation.
I would yell at detainee's [sic] occasionally to emphasis [sic] a point. Music was used in interrogations. SGT [REDACTED] and I would use music to soothe the detainee's [sic]. The music was Arabic, not heavy metal, rap or anything like that.
I am not aware of sleep deprivation being used against any detainees [REDACTED] (Enclosures to the Schmidt-Furlow Report (Part 1), p. 849).
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