Army has concluded its investigation of intelligence activities
at Abu Ghraib. Begun March 31 and concluded on August 6, it is a
comprehensive review of the 205th MI Brigade, including contractor
support, and higher chain of command through CJTF-7. The investigation
determined that the primary causes of abuse at Abu Ghraib are misconduct
by a small group of soldiers and civilian contractors who apparently
failed to respect the dignity of those in their custody, a lack
of discipline on the part of leaders and soldiers of the 205th MI
Brigade, and a failure of leadership by multiple echelons within
Combined Joint Task Force 7.
(27) 205th MI Brigade personnel allegedly requested, encouraged,
condoned or solicited MP personnel to abuse detainees and / or participated
in detainee abuse and / or violated established interrogation procedures
and applicable laws and regulations during interrogation operations
at Abu Ghraib. Leaders bear responsibility for lack of oversight,
failure to react to warnings and indications, such as the International
Committee of the Red Cross report, and policy memos that failed
to provide clear, consistent guidance for intelligence gathering
execution at the tactical level. The 205th MI Brigade and 800th
MP Brigade leaders at Abu Ghraib failed to supervise or provide
direct oversight, to properly discipline their soldiers, to learn
from prior mistakes, and to provide continued mission-specific training.
Additionally, some allegations pertaining to “ghost detainees”
were substantiated. Interrogation practices of other governmental
agencies were a contributing factor to a loss of accountability
at Abu Ghraib.
occurred in a dangerous place where young men and women faced hazards
that many people cannot comprehend. Abuses, even under these conditions,
are not excusable. Those allegations that indicate criminal activity
on the part of U. S. Army Soldiers have been referred to the U.
S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and to their respective chains
of command. Allegations of abuse by civilian contractors have been
referred through the Department of Defense to the Department of
The Army remains
committed to ensuring abuses like those committed at Abu Ghraib
never happen again, and that all Soldiers live up to the Army Values
and the Laws of Land Warfare, regardless of the environment or circumstance.