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AR 15-6 Investigation: Statement of Lieutenant re: Incident at Ramadi Palace, Iraq, July 11-12, 2003

July 20, 2003 | DOA | ACLU-RDI 1160
This document relates to an AR 15-6 investigations in to alleged detainee abuse at Ramadi Palace, Iraq – July 11-12, 2003. Sworn statement of a Lieutenant who worked with the Captain involved in detainee abuse. Although the Lieutenant did not witness the events in question, he did witness the captain threatening Iraqis with a loaded weapon while yelling at them in the past. He testifies, "On many occasions I saw him treat Iraqis in a very disrespectful manner, and I have heard him say on numerous occasions how all Iraqis are crooks and thieves and his actions towards them would indicate that he truly believes this. After one incident of abuse, the interpreter says that many of his fellow soldiers were outraged that an officer had committed abuses.
  • 2003-07-29, Ramadi Palace (Rifles Base) (Camp Blue Diamond), Iraq
    • AR 15-6 Investigation (Ramadi Palace, Iraq, July 11-12, 2003). Members of an Army Rifle Company witnessed the abuse of several detainees who were bound. Their sworn statements state that the Military Police officers were kicking and punching the detainees. The soldiers of the Rifle Company told the MPs that their actions were wrong and that the Geneva Conventions applied to the EPWs. The Military Police responded that the Geneva Conventions did not apply. A Captain of the MP Unit has been specifically mentioned as giving orders and/or instructions to soldiers involved.