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Documents on NCIS & other Department of Defense investigations into detainee deaths at Guantanamo

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NCIS FOIA Release April 2017 – 500+ pages on Al Amri & Al Hanashi Investigations

On April 4, 2017, NCIS released 585 pages of previously unreleased material concerning that agency’s investigation into the the deaths of Mohammed Al Hanashi and Abdul Rahman Al Amri. The majority of the new material concerns the Al Amri investigation, as hundreds of pages had previously been withheld as under review by another agency. The revelations concerning the deaths of these two detainees are both startling and provocative. They are analyzed at length in my book, Cover-up at Guantanamo, for purchase at Amazon.com. Other articles based on this material will be released in the press in autumn 2017.

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NCIS 2nd FOIA Release Hanashi and Al Amri

Documents on Guantanamo as “‘America’s Battle Lab’ in the Global War on Terrorism”

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff 2002 External Review of Guantanamo Intelligence Operations

In May, 2015, I published an article that described the FOIA release of the so-called Custer Report. When the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) published their report, “Inquiry in the Treatment of Detainees in U.S. Custody” in November 2008, Section III was titled, “Guantanamo Bay as a ‘Battle Lab’ for New Interrogation Techniques.”

The quote was taken from a 2002 report commissioned by the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) on intelligence operations at Guantanamo’s new prison for “war on terror” prisoners. Even 14 years after its writing, the mission statement for the report has been classified. But the report also looked at “The existing mechanism that binds DoD and Interagency exploitation efforts,” as well as “The relationship between the DoD and Interagency elements involved in the interrogation process.” One of the primary interagency elements was the CIA; another was the Defense Intelligence Agency.

The SASC report referred to the JSC study as the “Custer report,” naming it after Colonel John P. Custer, then-assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School at Ft. Huachuca, who led the review team for the Joint Chiefs. The report stated, “In his report, COL Custer referred to GTMO as ‘America’s “Battle Lab'” in the global war on terror, observing that ‘our nation faces an entirely new threat framework,’ which must be met by an investment of both human capital and infrastructure.”

Despite the fact the portions of the Custer Report quoted above were not classified in the SASC report, the initial release to my Mandatory Declassification Request bizarrely censored use of the term “Battle Lab” in its 2015 release of the Custer Report or the slides released via MDR request. Evidently, the government was embarrassed by the terminology. Indeed, when others in government heard use of such terminology back in 2002 and 2003, they were alarmed.

The Senate report also documented use of similar characteristic language from two Guantanamo commanders, Major General Mark Dunleavy and Major General Geoffrey Miller.

The SASC quoted the Criminal Investigative Task Force (CITF) chief, Colonel Britt Mallow, who provided written testimony to the Senate committee:

MG Dunlavey and later MG Miller referred to GTMO as a “Battle Lab” meaning that interrogations and other procedures there were to some degree experimental, and their lessons would benefit DOD in other places. While this was logical in terms of learning lessons, I personally objected to the implied philosophy that interrogators should experiment with untested methods, particularly those in which they were not trained.

Mallow’s deputy, Mark Fallon, concurred, telling the SASC, “CITF did not concur with the Battle Lab concept because the task force ‘did not advocate the application of unproven techniques on individuals who were awaiting trials…. there were many risks associated with this concept… and the perception that detainees were used for some ‘experimentation’ of new unproven techniques had negative connotations.”

On September 22, 2016, the Department of Defense responded to my appeal of the first FOIA release, and restored the parts of the document and accompanying slide presentation that used the words “America’s Battle Lab” in reference to operations at Guantanamo, and offered display of some new material. These newly released and somewhat less censored documents — there are still large portions of the documents that are redacted — are reproduced below.

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September 10, 2002 Briefing Slides: “GTMO Review, Joint Staff External Review of Intelligence Operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba”

Documents on 2006 Guantanamo “Suicides”

The documents on this page are a few of many posted at the Department of Defense Reading Room page on “Detainee-related” materials. The two documents here are from the Staff Judge Advocates office investigation into the deaths of three detainees on June 1, 2006 at Guantanamo. The first document is essentially a reprint of the Army’s AR 15-6 report on the 2006 deaths, as pertinent to the discussion of DIMS and detainee headcounts, as discussed in Chapter Two of Cover-up at Guantanamo. The second document is a compendium of various materials, including a number of interviews conducted by NCIS investigators.

For the full set of detainee-related documents on the 2006 deaths, see this link.



Abdul Rahman Al Amri

NCIS Investigation File on Abdul Rahman Al Amri

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Part Two




Part Three




Part Four




Autopsy and Toxicology Reports on Abdul Rahman Al Amri





Mohammed Salih Al Hanashi

NCIS Investigation File on Mohammed Salih Al Hanashi

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Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

Part Seven

Part Eight

Part Nine

Autopsy Report for Mohammed Salih Al Hanashi



Adnan Farhan Abd Latif

Currently there are 10 sets of documents on this webpage, which I divide into three sections:

1) The U.S. Army’s AR 15-6 report on the death of Adnan Latif

2) the Force Protection Report and subsequent High Priority Emails sent to Col. John Bogdan, the commander of Guantanamo’s Joint Detention Group (the guard force) on September 7, 2012, warning that Latif “might commit suicide.” He in fact did die, ostensibly by suicide, in the early morning hours the next day.

3) A new set of documents that consist of “exhibits” and documents associated with the AR 15-6 report. These includes witness statements, some disciplinary reports, and other documentary material. Some of these documents are of high interest, such as the witness statement from Latif’s psychologist. Other documents look promising but offer very little, such as the ICRC messages Latif wrote to relatives, which are totally censored.

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The AR-15-6 report

You can also view the document above online at this link
An alternate form of the report can be accessed here: Latif-AR-15-6-Report (Plain Text)

Below is a FOIA release (dated November 21, 2016) of the Force Protection Report and subsequent High Priority Email sent to Col. John Bogdan, the commander of Guantanamo’s Joint Detention Group (the guard force) at the time of Latif’s death. The email warned that Latif “might commit suicide.” A “Collectors Comment” added to the Force Protection report states that Latif “was tasked to commit suicide with” Mohammad Al Hanashi in June 2009. No evidence of such a tasking has ever been released or otherwise noted, though it is worth noting that Behavioral Health Unit personnel were evidently told that Al Hanashi himself thought he was supposed to die with the three detainees who all supposedly committed suicide (or were killed) in 2006. Camp authorities back in 2006 characterized the three deaths as a joint suicide. Thus a pattern of indicating links between the various suicides was perpetuated at least within the Guantanamo camp.

Force Protection Report and subsequent High Priority Emails (September 7, 2012)


FOIA Bogdan High Priority Email (PDF)

FOIA Bogdan High Priority Email (Text)
You can also view the document above online at this link

NEW! AR 15-6 Exhibits and related documents

Below are a number of files containing hundreds of pages of supporting documentation to the Army’s AR 15-6 report on the death of Adnan Latif (which can be accessed higher up on this page). The files were released over the past three years, subsequent to FOIA requests by reporter Jason Leopold and myself. All files here were sent to me by SOUTHCOM upon my request. There are many new revelations in these documents, too many to enumerate here. It’s my hope that journalists, researchers and human rights workers will find much to interest them in these documents.

If you cannot access or see the documents below, you can find them all at this link: https://www.documentcloud.org/search/Project:%20Latif

AR 15-6 Exhibits Part One





AR 15-6 Exhibits Part Two





AR 15-6 Exhibits Part Three





AR 15-6 Exhibits Part Four





AR 15-6 Exhibits Part Five





AR 15-6 Exhibits Part Six





AR 15-6 Exhibits Part Seven 9 (includes the written statement by the Chief Psychologist)





AR 15-6 Exhibits Part Eight





AR 15-6 Exhibit 59 – Latif ICRC Messages





23 Oct 12 Interview With A Detainee Witness

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