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Taguba Report Annex 49: Testimony of Lieutenant Colonel James O'Hare, Command Judge Advocate, 800th Military Police Brigade

Feb. 14, 2004 | DOA | ACLU-RDI 256
Interview conducted by Gen. Taguba of Lt. Colonel James O'Hare of the 800th Military Police Brigade. The Lt. Colonel goes in to detail about how he came to his assignment in Iraq as well as his experiences at Abu Ghraib prison. On his experience at Abu Ghraib, he states that he became aware of prisoner abuse and reported it. He stated "From what I heard occurred, it's inexcusable. If true, the individuals involved should be punished to the fullest extent". He added "we emphasized compliance with the Geneva Convention to every Battalion coming in, or going to a new mission. One thing that never changed on the Rules of Engagement (ROE) was all persons are to be treated with dignity and respect".
  • Unknown date, Abu Ghraib (Baghdad Correctional Facility (BCCF)), Iraq
    • Lt. Colonel James O'Hare of the 800th Military Police Brigade, Staff Judge Advocate gave testimony to Gen. Taguba that he became aware of detainee abuse and reported it. The abuse included detainees being striped, isolated deprived sleep and physically mistreated.