NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seton Hall Law's
Center for Policy and Research has discovered new evidence of a
longstanding government practice of recording interrogations at Guantanamo
Bay. In light of the national debate about the Central Intelligence
Agency's (CIA) destruction of video recordings, the report proves that the
two CIA tapes that were destroyed were only a tiny fraction of perhaps
24,000 recorded interrogations.
A May 2005 report by Lieutenant General Kevin Kiley confirms that each
interrogation at Guantanamo was videotaped. Lieutenant General Randall
Schmidt issued a report the following month stating that more than 24,000
interrogations of detainees took place at Guantanamo over a three-year
period. In the meantime, the Bush administration has announced it will
pursue the death penalty for six detainees who will stand trial for crimes
related to the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Professor Mark Denbeaux, Director of the Center for Policy and Research
at Seton Hall Law, commented, "Our students proved that Guantanamo
interrogations were videotaped, which impacts the impending trials of the
six detainees. We all want to see the perpetrators of 9/11 punished. But if
the tapes of those interrogations still exist, it is imperative that we
understand, before these trials start, whether the information was obtained
through standard interrogation procedures or through torture."
Captured on Tape, the Center's seventh Guantanamo Report, is based
entirely on the government's own documents, most of which were procured
through Freedom of Information Act suits. The prior Reports have been cited
by the Senate Armed Services Committee, the House Armed Services Committee,
the House Appropriations Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee
on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security; and introduced into the
Included in Captured on Tape:
-- Federal judges ordered that "all evidence and information regarding the
torture, mistreatment, and abuse of detainees now at the United States
Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay" be preserved.
-- The CIA admits to destroying at least two videotapes.
-- Seton Hall Law has discovered records indicating that the more than
24,000 interrogations conducted at Guantanamo were videotaped. However,
despite evidence of their existence from its own generals, DOD has yet
to admit that these records exist.
-- DOD has video cameras in every Guantanamo interrogation room and each
interrogation was observed by intelligence agents and other agency
monitors on closed circuit units.
-- Multiple intelligence-gathering agencies conducted interrogations of
detainees in the Guantanamo Bay video-monitored rooms. Agencies
include the CIA, Criminal Investigation Task Force, Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI), Defense Intelligence Analysis, Army Criminal
Investigative Division, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and
Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
-- Detainees routinely refer to the videotapes of their interrogations.
-- The government records contain graphic evidence that interrogators
regularly used force and violence while interrogating detainees. These
same interrogators often hindered videotaping during interrogations by
covering and obstructing the surveillance cameras.
-- The U.S. government keeps meticulous records of all interrogations,
evidenced by FBI agent accounts of detailed logs available to provide
detainees' names, dates and room locations of interrogations, as well
as the names of the interviewers. The government systematically logs
all video recordings.
Joshua Denbeaux, senior fellow and co-author of the report, stated,
"The CIA created a furor when it destroyed just two tapes of Guantanamo
interrogations. Now we know there are possibly other tapes in existence of
24,000 interrogations. With Guantanamo detainees about to stand trial it is
time for Congress to step in and ensure the tapes of all Guantanamo
interrogations remain intact and catalogued. The detainees' defense counsel
should have access to the tapes."
"Information obtained through coerced interrogations is not admissible
at trial," remarked Michael Ricciardelli, student research fellow and
report co- author. "The information in our report suggests that all
interrogations at the Guantanamo camp are recorded. These videos can be
examined to verify that all information being used in forthcoming trials
was obtained legitimately."
Captured on Tape was compiled by the Center's 27 student and graduate
research fellows. The report may be read at
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