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Taguba Report Annex 86: Testimony of Staff Sergeant Robert Elliot, Squad Leader, 372nd Military Police Company

Feb. 12, 2004 | DOA | ACLU-RDI 292
Testimony of Staff Sergeant Robert Elliot, Squad Leader, 372nd Military Police Company. SSG Elliot's job as a Squad Leader and Assistant NCOIC was to keep accountability of inmates, receive new prisoners, the in processing and out processing of inmates, report prison security and all other transactions regarding prisoners, but he was removed from that position pending the outcome of the investigation in to detainee abuse. There were soldiers under his command involved in the allegations of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib prison. He added "I was not around when the allegations happened. I was very offended to hear my name mentioned in the allegation. I've never conducted myself in that manner or even been involved in anything that comes close to this". On the use of dogs at Abu Ghraib he said "We used our dogs to sniff out grenades; we had reports of grenades getting in the facility. Then after the shooting we had them search for bombs. The dogs were also used as a show of force. I did hear about an interpreter getting bit, I think Military Intelligence (MI) used the dogs for interviewing purposes". He also added "We knew things were not supposed to be the way they were, like having juveniles and females in the military holds. We also fought all the time with MI and Battalion about common criminals being in the military hold areas. We were stuck in the middle. That battle went on for months, we knew there were guidelines, but it was above our pay grades we just did as we were told". He then described the difficulties of the prison from a management point-of-view. The panel concluded by having him complete answers to written questions attached to the end of the transcript.