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    Enclosure 1: Koran Inquiry: Description of Incidents
    (As reported by the JTF-Guantanamo Commander's Inquiry Team)
    1. We found nine incidents (seven guard, two interrogator) alleging, intentional or unintentional mishandling of a Koran, but only five could be confirmed.

    a. Guards. We identified seven incidents (four confirmed) where the guards' conduct may have been inappropriate. After thorough investigation we do not believe further investigation is warranted for any of these incidents and consider them all closed.

    (1) During an interrogation in FEB 02, a detainee complained that guards at Camp X-ray kicked the Koran of a detainee in a neighboring cell four to five days earlier. The interrogator reported the first detainee's complaint in a memorandum dated 27 FEB 02. The interrogator confirmed that the guards were aware of the detainee's complaint. There is no evidence of further investigation concerning this incident; however, we consider this a confirmed incident.

    (2) On 21 FEB 02, a detainee, started shouting, "God is great," and would not stop. The guards asked why he was shouting and he stated that one of the guards had kicked his Koran. The incident was reported in a JTF-160 intelligence report. The report stated the guards were questioned and denied kicking anyone's Koran. It is unclear from the report who questioned the guards concerning the incident. We found no evidence of further investigation concerning the incident. The detainee's hard copy record did not mention the incident. We do not believe further investigation is warranted and consider the incident closed.

    (3) On 24 FEB 02, a detainee refused recreation time and his cell was searched. A rock hidden in a canteen and a nail hidden in a bucket were found during the search. The detainee was returned to his cell after the search and he fell on the ground. He claimed that the guards hit him in the groin, threw him on the ground and then kicked his Koran. A number of the detainees on the block stated they no longer wanted recreation time until the guards stopped disrespecting the Koran. The incident was reported in a
    JTF-160 intelligence report. We found no evidence of further investigation concerning the incident.

    (4) During an interrogation on 14 APR 03, a detainee complained to FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) interrogators that guards constantly defile the Koran. The incident was recorded in an memorandum, dated 15 APR 03, that summarized the interrogation. The detainee cited an instance where a female MP allegedly threw a Koran into a bag of wet towels to anger an unknown detainee (date of alleged incident unknown). He also alleged another MP told a detainee that the Koran belonged in the toilet (date unknown), and that the MP told detainees they were ordered to do these types of things. The detainee stated that these are things he has actually seen or heard and not just rumors. It is unclear from the report what the detainee actually observed or overheard (if anything) as opposed to what he was reporting that he was told by other detainees. We have no record of any further investigation concerning the incident. There is no record that the detainee mentioned any Koran mishandling in previous interrogations or that he mentioned Koran mishandling in subsequent interrogations. There is no mention of any Koran incident in the detainee's hard copy records. The detainee has been released from Guantanamo.

    (5) On 15 AUG 03, two detainees complained to the swing shift guards (1400-2200 hrs) that the detainees' Korans were wet because the night shift guards had thrown water balloons on the block. The swing shift guards recorded the complaints in the block blotter log in accordance with normal procedures. We have not determined if the detainees made further complaints or if the Korans were replaced. There is no evidence that this incident was investigated. There is no evidence that the incident, although clearly inappropriate, caused any type of disturbance on the Block. We consider this a confirmed incident.

    (6) On 21 AUG 03, a detainee complained to a guard that a two-word obscenity had been written in English on the inside cover of his English version Koran and asked to complain to the commander. The complaint was recorded in the Detainee Management System (DMS) electronic blotter system. After the incident, the English language Koran was taken from the detainee who retained his Arabic language Koran. We have no record indicating whether the detainee formally complained to the commander. We have found no evidence to confirm who wrote in the detainee's Koran. The detainee speaks English at a conversational level. It is possible that a guard committed this act; it is equally possible that the detainee wrote in his own Koran; however, we consider this a confirmed incident.

    (7) On 25 MAR 05, a detainee complained to the guards that urine came through an air vent in Camp 4, and splashed on him and his Koran while he laid near the air vent. A guard reported to a Block NCOIC that he was at fault. The guard had left his observation area post and went outside to urinate. He urinated near an air vent and the wind blew his urine through the vent into the block. The Sergeant of the Guard (SOG) responded and immediately relieved the guard. The SOG ensured the detainee received a fresh uniform and a new Koran. The Joint Detention Operations Group (JDOG) commander reprimanded the guard and assigned him to gate guard duty where he had no contact with detainees for the remainder of his assignment at JTF-GTMO. This incident was recorded in a series of contemporaneous sworn statements made by Camp 4 guard force members. There is no record that this incident caused any type of disturbance in the block. We consider this a confirmed incident.

    b. Interrogators. We found two incidents (one confirmed) alleging that an interrogator had stepped on a Koran during an interrogation.

    (1) On 25 JUL 03, a contract interrogator apologized to a detainee for stepping on the detainee's Koran in an earlier interrogation. The memorandum of the 25 Jul 03, interrogation session shows that the detainee had reported to other detainees that his Koran had been stepped on. The detainee accepted the apology and agreed to inform other detainees of the apology and ask them to cease disruptive behaviors caused by the incident. The interrogator was later terminated for a pattern of unacceptable behavior, an inability to follow direct guidance and poor leadership. We consider this a confirmed incident.

    (2) On 21 AUG 03, a detainee complained to guards that an interrogator had asked why he wanted to be a Muslim and put his foot on the Koran. The detainee's complaint was recorded in an Intelligence Report (INTREP) activity log dated 21 AUG 03. The detainee did not state when the alleged mishandling occurred. It is unclear from the log whether it was the detainee's or the interrogator's foot that was placed on the Koran. There is no evidence of further investigation concerning the detainee's allegations. The detainee was interrogated nine times in 2003 and did not mention any Koran mishandling during these interrogations. On 12 AUG 03, the FBI interrogated the detainee; however, there was no mention of the Koran during the interview. To date, the only mention of Koran in reference to interrogation of the detainee is a Serious Incident Report (SIR) dated 1 DEC 04 that stated the detainee wrote passages from the Koran on his cell wall. The detainee's hard copy record did not mention the incident.

    [full report is listed under press releases, at http://www.southcom.mil/home/ .  The report also contains descriptions of incidents that did not involve guards or interrogators.]

    "pay any price, bear any burden"

    by JimPortlandOR on Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 07:58:07 PM PDT

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