September 23, 2005

Leadership Failure

Firsthand Accounts of Torture of Iraqi Detainees by the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division

I. Summary
Note on Presentation of the Soldiers' Accounts
II. Account of Sergeant A, 82 Airborne Division
III. Account of Sergeant B, 82 Airborne Division
IV. Account of Officer C, 82 Airborne Division
On Conditions at FOB Mercury
On Frustration Obtaining a Meaningful Response within the Military Chain of Command
On Policy Confusion within the Ranks on Coercive Interrogation
On the Implications of the Abu Ghraib Abuse Revelations in April 2004
On Failure of the Officer Corps
On the Role of "OGA"
V. Conclusion