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Email from DOD to Donald J. Ryder and DOD Officials re: Briefing to Senate Arms Service Committee regarding allegations of detainee death and abuse

May 20, 2004 | DOD | ACLU-RDI 2120
Email includes two proposed copies of Donald J. Ryder's briefing to the Senate Arms Service Committee. One of the briefings is enclosed, it mentions that there are 69 CID investigations, forty-two of the sixty-nine cases involved incidents that occurred in detention facilities, of which thirty are death cases and twelve are soldier misconduct cases. Fifteen of the thirty death cases were ruled natural or undetermined deaths. Six of the thirty death cases were ruled homicides, four were ruled justifiable homicide. In the first of the two homicide cases, a soldier shot and killed a detainee for throwing rocks at him, the circumstances of the second homicide case were not discussed. In regards to the remaining nine death cases, they are listed as "active pending investigations." Eight of the nine are homicide cases, it is suspected that the detainees were fatally assaulted either during or before interrogations. There are also twelve soldier misconduct cases mentioned, ten are assaults (soldiers kicked, punched and/or threatened detainees) and two are sexual assaults. Also mentioned in the press release are twenty-seven, of sixty-nine, CID investigations. The cases are classified as follows: three death investigations and twenty-four soldier misconduct investigations. One of the deaths is a murder case, a soldier shot and killed an Afghan who allegedly lunged towards a weapon. The other two cases are mentioned as active pending investigations, in the first case, an Iraqi national drowned after being pushed off of a bridge. In the second case, an Iraqi was shot and killed after he allegedly lunged at an officer. In regards to the twenty-four soldier misconduct cases mentioned, six are assaults (soldiers punched, kicked and/or fired a weapon at or near a detainee) and eighteen are thefts. In addition to the 69 CID investigations, there 22 AR-15-6 investigations into alleged detainee abuse, totaling 91 Army investigations.