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Tabulation of the abuse reported by FBI agents

In May 2008, the Oversight and Review Division of the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice released A Review of the FBI's Involvement in and Observations of Detainee Interrogations in Guantanamo Bay, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Pages 172-173 of that review contain a table entitled "Survey Results Concerning Interrogation Techniques Observed [by over 450 FBI employees who were detailed at various times] in Guantanamo".

The table below draws from that table the positive observations or reports of prisoner abuse at Guantanamo, totaling them on the column to the right. The table below also contains links to passages of that review that elaborate on the reports of abuse.



Abusive Practice1
Personally
observed
Observations led me to believe
Detainee told me
Others told me
TOTAL
1
Depriving a detainee of food or water
1 1
4
3
9
2
Depriving a detainee of clothing
3
1
4
5
13
3
Depriving a detainee of sleep, or interrupting sleep by
frequent cell relocations or other methods

13
10
17
54
94
4
Beating a detainee


11
1
12
5
Using water to prevent a detainee from breathing or to create the sensation of drowning2



1
1
6
Using hands, rope, or anything else to choke or strangle a detainee



1
1
7
Threatening other action to cause physical pain, injury, disfigurement, or death
2

1
4
7
8
Other treatment or action causing significant physical pain or injury, or causing disfigurement or death

2
1
3
6
9
Placing a detainee on a hot surface or burning a detainee





10
Using shackles or other restraints in a prolonged manner
15
2
1
8
25
11
Requiring a detainee to maintain, or restraining a detainee in, a stressful or painful position
9
1
3
12
25
12
Forcing a detainee to perform demanding physical exercise





13
Using electrical shock on a detainee





14
Threatening to use electrical shock on a detainee





15
Intentionally delaying or denying detainee medical care


3
1
4
16
Hooding or blindfolding a detainee other than during transportation
9

1
2
12
17
Subjecting a detainee to extremely cold or hot room temperatures for extended periods
3
2
6
15
26
18
Subjecting a detainee to loud music
27

6
27
60
19
Subjecting a detainee to bright flashing lights or darkness
19

2
19
40
20
Isolating a detainee for an extended period
30
5
1
22
58
21
Using duct tape to restrain, gag, or punish a detainee 2


4
6
22
Using rapid response teams and/or forced cell extractions3
11
8
9
43
71
23
Using a military working dog on or near a detainee other than during detainee transportation
3


6
9
24
Threatening to use military working dogs on or near a detainee
2


1
3
25
Using spiders, scorpions, snakes, or other animals on or near a detainee


1

1
26
Threatening to use spiders, scorpions, snakes, or other animals on a detainee





27
Disrespectful statements, handling, or actions involving the Koran
2

19
10
31
28
Shaving a detainee's facial or other hair to embarrass or humiliate a detainee
3
4
6
6
19
29
Placing a woman's clothing on a detainee


2
4
6
30
Touching a detainee or acting toward a detainee in a sexual manner
2
2
2
11
17
31
Holding detainee(s) who were not officially acknowledged or registered as such by the agency detaining the person4
2
1

1
4
32
Sending a detainee to another country for more aggressive interrogation5
1

2
2
5
33
Threatening to send a detainee to another country for detention or more aggressive interrogation
6

1
5
12
34
Threatening to take action against a detainee's family
2


2
4
35
Other treatment or action causing severe emotional or psychological trauma to a detainee
2



2
36
Other religious or sexual harassment or humiliation of a detainee


2
5
7
37
Other treatment of a detainee that in your opinion was unprofessional, unduly harsh, or aggressive, coercive, abusive, or unlawful
4

3
4
11

TOTALS
173
39
108
282
602

CSHRA Notes

1. These are called interrogation techniques in the Inspector General review.

2. Using water to create the sensation of drowning is commonly referred to as waterboarding.

3. These events are commonly referred to as IRFings.

4. All the practices reported on here involve FBI impersonation.

5. Such a transfer is what has come to be known as extraordinary rendition.


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