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Testimony of a Female Ensign

This is an excerpt from a summary of an interview that took place on 23 February 2005 at a conference room at the RFTA, Fort Devens, Massachusetts. 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 July 2002 to October 2002. I was a Team leader for Interrogators.

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:


Yes I am aware of interrogators yelling at detainees or playing loud music [REDACTED] Yelling, screaming, or talking directly in the detainee's ear were techniques used in implementing the Fear Up Approach.

Sleep Deprivation – No. Most of the interrogations I conducted while at GTMO didn't last longer than 2 or 3 hours. We would alter the times we interrogated detainees. For example, waking the detainee up at 3 a.m. to conduct the interrogation; rather than conducting the interrogation at 3 p.m. [REDACTED]

I heard that some interrogators manipulated the air conditioners to make the detainees uncomfortable, but were told to stop. [REDACTED]

We were under a lot of pressure to obtain information from the detainees (especially ISN [REDACTED] (Enclosures to the Schmidt-Furlow Report (Part 1), p. 853).

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