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Fay Report Annex: Deposition of Brigadier General Janis L. Karpinski re: Abu Ghraib Prison Detainee Abuse Investigation

July 18, 2004 | DOA | ACLU-RDI 659
This is the deposition of Brigadier General Janis L. Karpinski regarding conditions at Abu Ghraib Detention Facility. In her interview, Gen. Karpinski testified that she visited cell blocks 1A and 1B regularly; that Abu Ghraib housed juveniles detainees, including a detainee who "looked like he was 8-years old."The juvenile told her that "his brother was there with him, but he really wanted to see his mother, could he please call his mother. He was crying." Also, testified that few detainees were released by the release board, it was "releasophobia." Recalled the following comment by General Fast: "His middle name is Osama. He might know Osama bin Laden. Put him back in the box." Testified that Miller arrived to "Gitmoize" the operation, that Miller advised her to "treat detainees like dogs." Recalled that General Wodjakowski said, "I don't care if we're holding 15,000 innocent civilians! We're winning the war!" to which she responded, "Not inside the wire, you're not, sir." Recalled ghost detainee brought in by OGA ; Received FRAGO [Fragmentary Order] to hide a prisoner from the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC). Also testified that TITAN hired a formed prisoner at Camp Bucca to be a translator at Abu Ghraib despite rules against hiring formed prisoners.