Shoulda Listened to the FBI

From Holden:

More war crimes fodder.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at Guantnamo Bay warned military interrogators that some aggressive interrogation techniques were illegal, according to documents released on Thursday.


According to a May 2003 memo, FBI agents in late 2002 believed DIA interrogators were using tactics that were of “questionable effectiveness”.

“Not only are these tactics at odds with legally permissible interviewing techniques used by US law enforcement agencies in the US, but they are being employed by personnel in GTMO [Guantnamo] who appear to have little, if any, experience eliciting information for judicial purposes,” the memo said.

Another memo documents how DIA interrogators used techniques such as showing pornographic videos and wrapping prisoners in the Israeli flag. It also alleges that the interrogators sometimes posed as FBI agents.

According to the May 2003 memo, FBI agents complained that the US military officer overseeing interrogations at Guantnamo “blatantly misled” the Pentagon into believing that the FBI had endorsed some of the more aggressive techniques.

The report said Major General Geoffrey Miller, overall commander of the prison from late 2002, who was later sent to Abu Ghraib to improve the flow of intelligence from interrogations, “favoured” the more aggressive techniques “despite FBI assertions that such methods could easily result in the elicitation of unreliable and legally inadmissible information”.