Saturday, November 20, 2010

Interrogating the male

Our good friend Jholtgym references Abu Ghraib and it has incited certain thoughts and memories in reading of the abuses.

Most intriguing to me, referenced in many reports, was the mysterious interrogator Captain Carolyn Wood. She was never charged criminally, but was cited for various failures in terms of her supervision of the treatment of prisoners. There are inferences that she conveniently looked the other way while the ill trained guards ‘softened’ the prisoners for interrogation by her group.


From an article entitled ‘The Torture Working Group’ by Paul Sperry 6/10/04

Here is a list of so-called Category II and Category III interrogation techniques authorized for use at Gitmo early last year, according to a Jan. 8, 2003, memo written by a JAG officer and circulated among Army intelligence officials at Gitmo, the Bagram base in Afghanistan, and U.S. Central Command in Tampa. I obtained a copy of the two-page memo, which permits (and I quote):

Use of stress positions (like standing) for a maximum of four hours;
Use of falsified documents or reports;
Use of isolation facility for up to 30 days unless CG [commanding general] approves extension;
Use of environment other than standard interrogation booth;
Deprivation of light and sound;
Use of hood as long as it does not restrict breathing and under direct observation;
Use of 20-hour interrogations;
Removal of comfort items, including religious items;
Switching from hot rations to MREs [meals ready to eat];
Removal of clothing;
Forced grooming (i.e., shaving of facial hair);
Using individual phobias (e.g., fear of dogs) to induce stress;
Use of mild, non-injurious physical contact such as grabbing, poking in the chest with the finger and light pushing.

The methods mirror ones posted on a wall at Abu Ghraib by military intelligence on Oct. 18, 2003, about the time much of the more serious abuses at the prison began. The document, titled "Interrogation Rules of Engagement," was posted by Capt. Carolyn A. Wood, the officer in charge of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib.
It turns out she was also the officer in charge of interrogations at the no-holds-barred Bagram detention facility, where at least two inmates were murdered.


Emphasis in blue added by me.
Could Captain Carolyn be in Chessu?

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