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Email from JoAnn J. Dolan to David Nahmias and Patrick Philbin re: New York Times article on the involvement of the CIA in the deaths of three detainees

May 6, 2004 | DOS | ACLU-RDI 4635
Email from a DOS Official to DOJ Officials. The email includes a New York Times article, which discusses the Justice Department's investigation into the CIA and their contractors for their possible involvement in the death of three detainees, one death in Afghanistan and two in Iraq. CIA Officials told reporters that in November 2003 a detainee at Abu Ghraib died while being questioned by a CIA officer and a Linguist, who was hired by the CIA as a contractor. The CIA employees alleged that they did not touch the detainee, General Abed Hamed Mowhoush, they stated that Mr. Mowhoush simply 'slumped over' during the interview. In another incident, in June 2003, a detainee in Afghanistan died during questioning by an independent CIA contractor.
  • 2003-11-26, Unknown, Iraq, Death
    • This information paper describes the incidents which resulted in the death of Iraqi Major General and detainee, Abed Hamed Mowhoush. Major General Mowhoush was detained and transported to a temporary detention facility, between November 10-24, 2003. On November 26, 2003, Mr. Mowhoush was interrogated by Chief Warrant Officer Lewis E. Welshofer, Jr., Chief Warrant Officer Jeff L. Williams, Sergeant First Class William J. Sommer, and Specialist Jerry L. Loper. The officers placed Mr. Mowhoush into a sleeping bag, tied an electrical cord around his neck and then placed him on his back, while CW3 Welshofer sat on his stomach and placed his hands over Mr. Mowhoush's eyes and mouth. The position caused Mr. Mowhoush to convulse, CW3 Welshofer then rolled Mr. Mowhoush onto his stomach and CW3 Welshofer sat on Mr. Mowhoush's back, ultimately Mr. Mowhoush died of asphyxia.