23 November 2002
0225: The detainee arrives at the interrogation booth at Camp X-Ray. His hood is
removed and he is bolted to the floor. SGT A and SGT R are the interrogators. A
DoD linguist and MAJ L (BSCT) are present.
0235: Session begins. The detainee refuses to look at SGT A “due to his religion. This
is a rapport building session.
0240: Detainee states he’s on hunger strike. SGT A explains the affects of a hunger
strike on the body. SGT A runs “love of brothers in Cuba” approach.
0320: The detainee refused to answer whether he wanted water. SGT R explained with
emphasis that not answering disrespects SGT A and embarrasses him. The
detainee said no, he didn’t want water. The detainee continues to say he’s on
0345: The detainee dozed off during a break. SGT R woke him up.
0355: SGT R wakes up detainee again.
0450: Interrogators take a break. Detainee goes to the bathroom.
0520: Interrogation resumes. The detainee refuses food and water.
0540: SGT A begins 9/11 theme. The detainee asks to pray and is refused.
0550: Detainee drinks _ bottle of water and states after this he is on strike, he refuses
0620: Interrogators take break to discuss theme.
0630: Interrogation resumes. SGT A continues with 9/11 theme.
0700: SGT R emphasized his frustration over detainees refusal to speak. SGT R denies
detainees request to pray.
0707: Detainee requests to go to the bathroom.
0720: Detainee returns from bathroom break. He refuses a meal and states he is on
0725: Detainee states he will eat meal, but after that he’s going on hunger strike, one
hand is uncuffed to allow him to eat.
0755: Detainee finishes meal and states again he is going on hunger strike. The detainee
ate the entire MRE plus an extra cereal bar.
0800: SGT A continues with 9/11 theme.
0830: Detainee given 2 hours of rest. Interrogations will resume at 1030.
0835: Observations – Detainee attempts to control the interrogation by complaining
about his treatment, his mental illness, and his separation from his brothers in
Cuba. When shown articles of 9/11, the detainee looked at pictures attentively.
The detainee was repeatedly told that he is a man, and part of being a man is
accepting responsibility for your actions. Whenever the detainee said that “it is
God’s will for him to be sitting in front of me, having to acknowledge and accept
responsibility for his actions. The detainee went as far as to state that his religion
forbids him to even speak to a woman.
1035: The detainee is awakened and secured in chair. The interrogators are ENS C and
IS1 E. A DoD linguist is present. The detainee is offered to use the restroom.
The detainee is taken to the bathroom. The detainee then was starring at the floor
for several minutes. When ENS C asked “what is on your mind” the detainee
looked at the interrogator and began talking a lot about how unfair his situation
1110: The detainee asked if it was time to pray and was told not yet. The detainee then
began asking what month it is. When not given an answer he persisted and then
became quiet for about 10 minutes and then began again to engage in some
1135: The detainee began to shut down and not respond. He said that he would not
speak at all.
1220: Interrogators returned and told the detainee it would be 20 minutes and then time
1240: Detainee given opportunity to pray.
1300: Lunch. Detainee refused to eat. At first he said he would eat, but then said that
he was mentally not well and had only agreed because he was not thinking
1345: Detainee was shown 9/11 video. The detainee did watch without exhibiting any
emotion. The detainee averted eyes from the photos of the hijackers.
1420: Read names of captured and killed AQ. The detainee stared off but was listening
and closed his eyes when he heard some of the names of the dead.
1515: The detainee engaged in conversation regarding family and dreams. He asked
why the interrogator was causing him pain talking of family and things he could
not have. The detainee began to cry.
1530: Detainee requested and was given a bathroom break. Detainee returned hardened.
1700: Detainee spoke and said it has been a hard long day, also that he is on a hunger
and talking strike.
1730: Detainee is offered food and water. He stated he was on a hunger strike. Food
and water was provided anyway and placed next to him.
1800: Manchester Document was presented to the detainee. The detainee reacted when
the description of an AQ operative was brought up.
1810: Detainee was asked if he would like to go the bathroom and if he wanted to nap.
1820: Circumstantial evidence was explained to the detainee. The Detainee stared at
all of the documents and was visibily shaken. He seemed disturbed that the AQ
leadership was talking, the detainee didn’t say anything but he was making
noticeable facial expressions.
1840: Detainee was told that he failed in his mission to the United States and in the
Jihad in Afghanistan he again showed a facial response of failure.
1910: Returned from break.
1920: The detainee started speaking when told about the Koran and being judged by
Allah and that leaders of AQ twisted the words. The detainee spoke very
emotionally . SGT B asked to explain how this came about. Why he is the only
one holding on and everyone else is speaking . SGT B stated “don’t worry about
a military judge worry about Allah, the Koran doesn’t say kill the innocent. Make
things right, repent.”
1930: Detainee cried. He wants to be taken back to Delta and he will talk. He was told
that he had to earn his way back to Delta.
1950: Returned from break. SGT B told the detainee “I want to help and I won’t let
anything bad happen to you.” Detainee became unresponsive.
2030: Break. Detainee used restroom and was allowed to sleep.
2145: Return from break. Detainee awakened and taken to restroom then secured in
2215: Detainee unresponsive.
2400: Activities concluded for the day and detainee allowed to sleep.
24 November 2002
0400: SGT R and SGT A begin session. SGT R wakes 063. He is
taken to the bathroom and walked around for 5 minutes to wake him up. SGT A
greets 063. Detainee asks to perform sunrise prayer. SGT A tells him the sun
hasn’t come up yet and that she will allow prayer later. SGT A offers water, but
detainee refuses. Detainee asks when Ramadan will begin, SGT A says she’ll talk
about that later. SGT A tells detainee that he is on hunger strike, so how would
Ramadan make a difference? SGT A asks detainee what would be different if it
was Ramadan, detainee states he doesn’t know how to answer the question, and
detainee becomes unresponsive.
0415: SGT A begins by showing pictures of 19 hijackers and making remarks about
what they may have been like, especially the young ones. Detainee won’t look at
pictures. SGT A asks why detainee won’t look at pictures detainee won’t answer,
SGT A is using the circumstantial evidence theme.
0430: Detainee nods off. SGT R explains that falling asleep is wrong.
0430: Detainee states that he won’t look at pictures because the people in the pictures
don’t pertain to his case, and because he’s striking from interrogations.
0440: Detainee states he won’t participate in interrogations until he returns to Cuba with
his brothers, and until we stop this injustice. SGT R explains that he has no right
to talk of injustice.
0445: Detainee engages in conversation with SGT A over the evidence. Detainee states
that the (U.S.) shouldn’t glue the hijackers to him. SGT A states that the evidence
0450: Detainee wants to know if SGT A wants interrogation questions answered. SGT
A states she doesn’t need an answer. The detainee seems disheartened by her
0450: SGT A is fusing the Level of Guilt Theme with the Evidence. The Detainee is not
speaking, but appears to be listening carefully. SGT A is pointing out the little
mistakes the detainee made that lead to the evidence that “glue the detainee to
hijackers”. The detainee becomes unresponsive.
0457: SGT R advises detainee not to sleep.
0509: SGT R advises detainee not to sleep.
0520: SGT R makes the detainee stand up and sit down 3 times. SGT R explains
sleeping and not paying attention will not be tolerated. SGT A explains that his
continued silence, while evidence builds against him hurts no one but him.
0545: Detainee continues to be unresponsive. SGT A continues to point out the
mistakes that stopped him from entering Orlando, and the connections the
detainee has with the hijackers.
0550: SGT R makes the detainee stand up 3 times and tells him to pay attention.
0602: SGT A is telling a story about an owl (Rapport Story). The detainee interrupts
and states he wants to pray. SGT R advises detainee that SGT A decides when he
prays. SGT R also explains that interrupting is rude.
0605: Detainee again asks to pray. SGT R says no.
0620: Detainee states he wants to pray. SGT R explains that he must respectfully ask
SGT A for prayer time, the detainee does so and SGT A allows prayer.
0635: SGT A begins “ Muslims in America Theme”. Detainee is unresponsive
0702: SGT A briefly covers the Manchester Document, saying that his actions and
answers during interrogations follow the resistance techniques in the document
“It’s just another piece of evidence.”
0705: SGT R makes detainee stand up 3 times, and tells the detainee to pay attention.
SGT R gives 5 minutes of instruction on the proper way to show respect to SGT
0708: SGT A talks about “Brothers in Cuba”. Detainee remains unresponsive.
0800: SGT A offers meal to detainee. The detainee refuses. SGT R explains that
refusal to eat is unproductive. SGT A offers 30 minutes rest. The detainee
refuses. Interrogators had Corpsman check the detainee’s vital signs. The
detainee has not taken fluids for over 24 hours. Corpsman states vital signs are
good. The detainee still refuses to speak a word.
0820: SGT R removes food from table and tells the detainee he missed his chance. SGT
R explains that the detainee’s refusal to eat hurts only him. SGT R will not loose
any sleep over it.
0830: SGT A uses “Level of Guilt” approach.
0840: SGT R has the detainee stand for 10 minutes to stretch and avoid sleeping.
0900. SGT A asks the detainee if he wants to pray and sleep. The detainee says yes.
SGT A says you have to drink water. The detainee says no. SGT R gives
detainee 1 more chance. The detainee says no. SGT R empties water on floor
and tells the detainee “you had your chance”. The Corpsman then checks the
detainee’s vital signs, they are OK.
0925: SGT A discusses levels of guilt and sin.
0930: SGT A talks about the embarrassment of using a weak cover story and mixes in
the “You can make this stop” approach. The detainee remains unresponsive.
0930: CAPT W advises SGT R that the Corpsman can administer IV fluids once Capt
W and the Doctor on duty are notified and agree to it.
0940: SGT A begins September 11 approach.
0945: Detainee showed visible signs of interest when SGT A states “all will be revealed
on judgment day”.
0955: The detainee demands to go to the bathroom. SGT R states he will not go until he
asks properly. The detainee says “please may I go to the bathroom?. SGT A
1000: SGT R asks how the detainee will act on judgment day. Will he be proud, will he
beg forgiveness or will he remain silent like a coward, just as he’s doing now.
The detainee appeared to be thinking about what SGT R said.
1023: SGT A begins “Good Muslim” approach.
1215: ENS C and IS1 E entered booth. Detainee was not very responsive.
1230: Detainee is offered a fish sandwich, French fries, coke and a yogurt parfait.
Request was made to unhand cuff detainee, but there was no key. Detainee did
1240: Detainee was unhand cuffed and interrogation team ate in front of him.
Detainee’s nose turned red when his judgment was questioned. In the past, this
has indicated that he was getting upset.
1320: Strap was hung from ceiling in anticipation of the doctor’s arrival.
1330: Detainee was asked if he wanted water. Detainee understands that in order to
pray, he must drink water.
1340: Vitals were checked
1345: Detainee was searched
1355: Detainee stated, “I think now we are in Ramadan.”
1405: Detainee agreed to drink water in return for being allowed to pray.
1440: Interrogators reentered room and discussion ensues about returning to his brothers
in Cuba. Detainee became somewhat upset and claimed that the treatment he was
receiving was illegal. “Evidence of guilt” was reinforced and detainee was
introduced to the implications of conspiracy to commit crimes. Detainee was
questioned about a statement he made the previous day, “I was only doing what
God wanted me to do.” Detainee asked several times if he really said that. When
pressed on the issue, detainee stated that he wanted a normal life that what
happened was between him and God. Lead interrogator pointed out to detainee
that he could be a messenger for God and his cause. Detainee became visibly
1545: Detainee was silent and unresponsive. He averted his eyes when the 9/11 video
was playing. Control interrogation initiated a “judgment day approach.”
Detainee’s facial expressions indicated some responsiveness to the approach.
1630: Detainee was allowed to sleep. Detainee was told that he would be awoken and
could pray if he drank water.
1745: Detainee awoken and given opportunity to pray and use the restroom. Detainee
refused to drink water and consequently was not allowed to pray.
1800: Medical personnel checked vital signs and determined that detainee needed to be
1810: Detainee was given two bags of fluids. Detainee stated that he did not want an IV
and that he was in control of his body. SGT M asserted that he was in control and
that detainee has no choice but to cooperate.
1845: Medical doctor arrives to evaluate detainee to ensure he is physically able to
continue. Detainee stated that he wanted to sign a form or a release stating that he
did not want any medications. The doctor explained that no such form exists.
Detainee was informed that we would not let him die.
1900: Detainee was told that he had been abandoned by Al-Qaida and that he should
stop trying to protect them.
1915: Detainee used restroom and prayed.
1930: Detainee seemed disturbed that everybody was talking and that he was left here
2000: Detainee was offered food and told that he has already missed five meals.
2020: Detainee’s vital signs were checked and it was determined that he was in good
2030: Detainee was offered anonymity in exchange for his cooperation. SGT M
reminded detainee about false statements that he made in the past.
2045: Detainee was asked if his allegiance to Al-Qaida was greater than his allegiance
to God. SGT M emphasized that detainee has choices and that detainee was
responsible for his current condition.
2100: Discussion turned to the Koran. SGT M asked detainee to show him in the
Koran where it authorizes the use of terrorism.
2115: Detainee said he was cold and the AC was turned off.
2205: Detainee used restroom and asked if he wanted food or water.
2315: Medical personnel checked vitals signs. All vital signs were normal.
2330: Detainee began to cry.
2400: Pressure wrap was put on detainee’s feet to combat the swelling. Detainee was
put to bed.
25 November 2002
0400: Woke detainee and corpsman took vitals. Corpsman advised SGT R that detainee
must take oral liquids within one hour or detainee will be given IV solution. SGT
R provided SGT A with a bottle of powdered Tang mixed with water in order to
provide electrolytes. SGT A advised detainee that he must drink bottle or he’ll
get another IV. She offered the incentive of morning prayer if he drank. Detainee
refused. SGT A began with a “your mission” approach. SGT A asks detainee
“what do you think is God’s mission for you”, “you have a mission to share God’s
message.” Detainee was unresponsive.
0440: SGT A again advised detainee that he must drink or get an IV.
0445: Corpsman tried several times to get IV into the detainee without success. The
corpsman stated that the detainee’s dehydration was causing his veins to roll in
his arm. The corpsman succeeded in getting a IV in the top of the hand but the IV
stopped flowing. The corpsman retried the IV in the hand but was unsuccessful.
The doctor was called to make a trip to perform an assessment.
0600: To follow up on “Gods message”, SGT R showed 9-11 DVD. SGT R stood
behind detainee and whispered in his ear , “What is God telling you right now?
Your 19 friends died in a fireball and you weren’t with them. Was that God’s
choice? Is it God’s will that you stay alive to tell us about his message?” At that
point, detainee threw his head back and butted SGT R in the eye. The 2 MPs in
the room wrestled detainee to the ground to regain control. SGT R crouched over
detainee and the detainee attempted to spit on him. SGT R stated “Go ahead and
spit on me. It won’t change anything. You’re still here. I’m still talking to you,
and you won’t leave until you’ve given Gods message.” Detainee is put in chair.
0630: SGT A showed circumstantial evidence and told detainee repeatedly that she
won’t go away and neither will the evidence.
0645: Doctor attempted to put in IV and was unsuccessful. The doctor left to get more
0700: SGT A continued circumstantial evidence theme.
0705: Assessment – His reaction to SGT R was a combination of his guilt (possibly at
not participating in the attack), his continuous interrogation, and his obvious
hatred of SGT R. He was told after the episode that it proves he’s not as weak
and mentally ill as he wants us to believe.
0730: Doctor arrived and ran an IV by putting in a temporary shunt to allow continuous
0745: SGT A ran the “already captured and talking” approach. When SGT R entered
the booth the detainee reached for the IV. The guard stopped him and he reached
again. The guards stopped him and cuffed his hands to the chair so he couldn’t
reach the IV. The detainee bent over and bit the IV tube completely in two. The
guards strapped him to a stretcher and the corpsman attached a new IV. The
detainee struggled through the entire process, but could no longer reach the IV.
0900: SGT A resumed the previous approach.
0915: Detainee requested to go to the bathroom but was given an opportunity to use a
bottle instead. He was told he will not be unstrapped.
0940: Detainee was given three and one-half bags of IV. He started moaning and told
the MPs he’s willing to talk so he can urinate. SGT A entered the booth and
asked the following questions: Who do you work for? (Detainee answered: Al
Qaida), Who was your leader? (Detainee answered: Usama bin Laden), Why did
you go to Orlando? (Detainee answered: I wasn’t told the mission), Who was
meeting you? (Detainee answered: I don’t know), Who was with you on the
plane? (Detainee answered: I was by myself). SGT R told detainee he was
wasting SGT R’s time. Detainee told SGT A he was willing to drink.
1000: Detainee again said he has to go to bathroom. SGT R said he can go in the bottle.
Detainee said he wanted to go to the bathroom because it’s more comfortable.
SGT R said “You’ve ruined all trust, you can either go in the bottle or in your
pants.” Detainee goes in his pants. SGT A continued approach.
1030: Assessment – Detainee has a greater deal of animosity toward SGT R. He is
beginning to understand the futility of his situation. He has to understand that his
antics will not stop the interrogation at all. We feel he is slowly realizing that he
will not outlast the battle of wills. He is much closer to compliance and
cooperation now than at the beginning of the operation.
1110: Interrogation team entered the booth; ENS C (Lead), IS1 E (Control), and a
female DOD linguist. Lead attempted to engage detainee in conversation but
detainee was unresponsive.
1115: Detainee requested to use the restroom. When offered a bottle he said that he
wanted to go outside. Control told him he could not, he would have to use the
bottle. Detainee agreed. As preparations were being made control was talking
about his behavior and how to get off the gurney, detainee urinated in his pants.
1130: Lead began talking with detainee. Detainee began moaning and turning his head
from right to left.
1140: Detainee in clear voice said that he needed to use the restroom. He engaged in
clear and articulate conversation about getting off the gurney.
1200: Detainee said that he would eat.
1210: Detainee released from gurney and sat in chair. He ate two bites of meal and said
it was enough. Control said he promised to eat the whole meal. Detainee ate the
1235: Detainee taken to restroom. He was told to empty himself completely. Detainee
then washed and changed clothing.
1250: Detainee was given an opportunity to pray.
1320: Interrogation team entered room and detainee engaged in conversation regarding
his statement about being Al Qaida. He said that he was mad at the guards and
under much pressure.
1335: Detainee requested a second MRE as he was still hungry. He said he would end
the hunger strike to stop the IVs. Lead kept small talk going.
1340: Detainee began crying hard spontaneously.
1350: Detainee said that when he came to Orlando he was turned away due to a visa
problem. He said that he was coming on his own and was not Al Qaida. He said
he did not know Usama bin Laden. He said “I don’t know what God wants.”
Lead talked about the oath to Usama bin Laden and the detainee sat in silence
listening intently. He said he knows nothing about Usama bin Laden.
1420: Detainee requested a third MRE. He was given an MRE and drank half a bottle
of water. Detainee slowly engaged less and less while he ate. Detainee became
evasive on most simple of requests.
1445: Detainee said “After I ate I feel better and will not talk.”
1500: Detainee stated “You are working with the devil. You can take me back to my
brothers. I will not eat anymore. I will not drink anymore and I am not going to
1505: Detainee began crying and praying.
1520: Detainee began talking about his situation. He continued to engage but much
1605: Resumed with detainee engaging very little.
1715: Team exited for a break. Control returned and began 9-11 theme.
1735: Detainee given opportunity to pray. He wanted to check if the sun was down
himself but was refused.
1745: Control re-entered and continued 9-11 theme until relieved. Detainee did not
speak but was actively listening and viewed all photos.
1800: Third shift commenced interrogating detainee.
1805: Detainee claimed he was innocent and that everything was just a coincidence.
1807: Detainee claimed that he admitted to be Al-Qaida because of the intense
1815: Detainee asserted his innocence and expressed remorse over the terrorist attacks
1820: Circumstantial evidence theme
1840: 9/11 video
1850: SGT B takes over interrogation and goes over the Manchester Document
1900: GWOT theme
1915: Detainee asked about Ramadan
1935: SGT M continues GWOT theme
1945: Break. Detainee refused both food and water.
2000: Detainee began to cry while watching 9/11 video
2100: Detainee claimed to have been pressured into making a confession
2130: Detainee requested to go back to Cuba
2135: Detainee refused to talk about his mission, the one that was between him and God.
2150: Detainee went to the restroom
2205: Manchester Document – security plans
2230: Futility and self-inflicted suffering
2320: Detainee refused food and water
2400: Detainee was checked by medical personnel and was allowed to rest
26 November 2002
0400: SGT R wakes detainee- MPs take detainee to bathroom- he is searched and cuffed
to chair. Detainee takes a couple sips of water. SGT A advises detainee that a
bottle of water is much easier than a bag.
0405: SGT A begins by quoting a verse from Qoran. Detainee is awake, but completely
0425: SGT A uses “ Manchester Document” theme, explains to detainee how he uses
interrogation resistance techniques. Detainee is unresponsive; he has yet to speak
a word. SGT R makes detainee stand up to avoid sleeping.
0430: SGT R states that because he (SGT R) is such a kind-hearted guy, he’ll let
detainee sit down, but detainee will stand again if he falls asleep.
0440: SGT R makes detainee stand again to avoid sleep.
0445: SGT A explains how detainee is not mentally sick, he simply feels guilty.
0457: SGT R allows detainee to sit down.
0505: SGT A tells detainee that no one feels sorry for him; he has brought this on
himself. Detainee takes two sips of water. Corpsman checks vitals. Guards take
detainee on walk to wake him up. Detainee has not spoken a word.
0515: Detainee is returned to chair. SGT A gives Arabic greeting detainee returns it.
Detainee says he’s mentally sick. SGT A explains to everyone in room how
detainee is using Al-Qaida handbook. Corpsman rechecks vitals.
0545: Detainee is stood up for 2 minutes to avoid sleep.
0550: SGT R makes detainee stand up to avoid sleep for two minutes.
0555: SGT R makes detainee stand up to avoid sleep.
0620: SGT A allows detainee to sit down. SGT R explains the difference between his
will and God’s will. Detainee asks to pray. SGT A says, “You can pray after you
drink water” Detainee says he is fasting. SGT A doesn’t allow prayer.
0630: Detainee begins to chant. SGT R says, “If you continue to chant, I’ll turn on the
music” Detainee stops chanting.
0645: interrogators take a break. Corpsman states we need to elevate left hand to
alleviate swelling. Hand is cuffed above hand with a soft strap. No tension is on
the arm. Detainee states he doesn’t want his hand tied up. “I will take
responsibility for my hand” SGT A states “I’m glad you are taking responsibility
for your hand. Not drinking caused the swelling.”
0700: SGT A covers circumstantial evidence theme.
0730: SGT R covers detainee’s personal failures.
0745: Doctor gives detainee checkup – vitals are good – shunt is cleaned – swelling in
hand has gone down.
0800: SGT A covers “What we know” theme.
0820: SGT R covers “Failures” with more emphasis.
0850: SGT A allows detainee to sleep for 30 minutes. Detainee has spoken very little
through the session and keeps falling asleep. The 30 minutes may help him
engage a little more. After a brief discussion, interrogators decided to let detainee
sleep until 1000 hoping to improve participation.
1005: SGT R wakes up detainee. Detainee goes to bathroom and is searched.
1010: SGT A gives “Futility” approach.
1045: SGT R runs a harsh pride & ego down approach. ENS C (as rehearsed earlier)
comes in and asks SGT R what he is doing. ENS C says “Don’t talk to him like
that, he’s a human being.” SGT R says “Human beings don’t kill 3000 people”
and storms out.
1100: Second shift interrogation team enters booth – ENS C (lead) and IS1 E (control).
Lead begins speaking to detainee but the detainee looks down and away.
1130: Detainee continues the silent conduct. Lead leaves and control instructs detainee
to stand for ten minutes to stretch and wake up.
1150: Lead re-enters but subject continues not to engage in conversation. Lead runs
“Circumstantial Evidence” theme. Medical checks detainee’s circulation.
1245: Detainee offered food and water. Detainee refuses. Team ate outside of
1330: Control enters and offers water. Detainee says he is fasting due to Ramadan.
Detainee requested to pray and was told he could only pray if he drinks water.
Detainee continues to refuse water but exchanges in dialogue with control.
Detainee was allowed 10 minutes to pray. Medical removes shunt from arm.
1400: Lead continues to try to engage detainee in conversation. Detainee unresponsive.
1600: Detainee laid down with feet elevated due to swelling of feet. Detainee slept for
1720: Detainee told it is time for prayer but he must drink water first. Detainee took one
sip but was told he must drink it all. Detainee refused to drink water.
1800: SGT B began interrogation. Detainee refused to speak. Muslims in America
theme was introduced.
1805: Levels of guilt was introduced.
1810: Detainee refused food and water
1835: SGT M takes over the interrogation. P&E down was employed (ie You look like
hell. Do you want to see me everyday and pray on the floor where you urinated?)
1845: Manchester Document/Futility- The Al-Qaida training manual was written by
somebody who never went through an interrogation.
1850: Why doesn’t Usama bin Laden use his children, or why does he not participate in
suicide missions? Al-Qaida is falling apart theme/futility. SGT M reviewed with
detainee the slips that he made.
1905: Manchester Document theme/futility
1930: P&E down
1940: SGT B takes over interrogation
2010: Detainee drinks a bottle of water and is allowed to pray. Comparison is made
between idol worship and swearing Bay’a to Usama bin Laden.
2100: Detainee uses the latrine, walks around outside, and does knee bends to get the
blood circulating. Medical check. Detainee checked out medically
2110: Muslims in America theme
2200: SGT M takes over interrogation
2230: Manchester Document theme/futility – Did you see how quickly the United States
took over Afghanistan and how quickly the Jihadist fled the country or
2235: Detainee became very uncomfortable with SGT M’s hand on his shoulder
and tried to move it. Detainee seemed very disgusted at SGT M
2300: Detainee proclaims his innocence and requested that SGT M stop talking about
Islam. (ie Usama bin Laden raped Islam. UBL hijacked Islam) Detainee stated,
“If you interrogate me in the right way and the right position… you might find
2308: Detainee claimed that the interrogations are based on malice, hate, and jealousy.
He said, “The treatment is wild and animalistic. Everybody has limits. Once
those limits are crossed, what is somebody suppose to do?”
2310: Detainee said, “If I told the truth, everybody would get mad. If you interrogated
me correctly… maybe if you rested and I rested… One interrogator after
another… God and his angels see what is happening.”
2315: Detainee was on the verge of breaking
2339: Detainee shut down and medical personnel check detainee. Detainee used the
2400: Interrogation ended. Medical check. Detainee was walked around the room for
five minutes before going to bed to get his blood circulating. Detainee’s feet were
elevated to reduce swelling in his feet.
27 November 2002
0400: SGT R (control) wakes detainee. Detainee goes to bathroom. MPs walk detainee
around to wake him up and get fluids from IV to move. His feet have swollen due
to excess fluid. SGT A (lead) begins Manchester Document.
0415: Detainee asked to pray at sunrise. Lead told him that he must drink _ bottle of
water. Detainee held his hands up and readily accepted the water.
0510: Lead started playing 9-11 video. Detainee asked to go to bathroom half way
through the video. Lead told him he would have to wait because she thinks he
just asks for bathroom breaks just to get a mental break. Detainee did not ask to
go to bathroom again.
0610: Video over. Detainee prayed and taken to bathroom. Detainee stated he was
constipated. Corpsman states detainee is impacted and needs to drink three
bottles of water or the detainee will be given an enima.
0640: Control explains the enima procedure. Control begins circumstantial evidence
theme with “you’re a failure approach”. Detainee’s body language indicated he
was becoming angry. Control nicknames detainee “Mo”.
0800: Doctor checks vitals – O.K. Lead starts Saudi Government theme and Al Qaida
falling apart and talking theme. Lead covers circumstantial evidence theme in
soft but stern voice. Detainee appears to be listening to lead.
0905: Detainee goes to bathroom and is walked around to stay awake.
0925: Lead starts “failure” approach with Al Qaida falling apart theme.
1000: Control puts detainee in swivel chair at MAJ L’ssuggestion to keep him awake
and stop him from fixing his eyes on one spot in booth. Detainee struggled with
MP when MP moved chair. Control used “onion” analogy to explain how
detainee’s control over his life is being stripped away. Control gives detainee
three facts: we are hunting down Al Qaida every day, we will not stop until they
are captured or killed, we control every aspect of your life. Detainee did not
speak but became very angry with control.
1100: Detainee awakened and taken to the restroom.
1200: Interrogation team entered booth. ENS C (lead), IS1 E (control) and a female
DOD linguist. Lead made polite conversation but detainee did not engage.
Detainee asked for prayer. Was told it was not time yet. Detainee was offered
water but refused. Detainee said he was fasting.
1225: Team brought in a home cooked Arab meal and offered to detainee. Detainee
declined to eat and team ate in front of him.
1245: Detainee asked for prayer. He was told he would have to drink water. Detainee
took a small drink and was told he would have to take the whole bottle. He
finished the bottle and was allowed to pray.
1315: Detainee taken to bathroom. He stated that he made a small bowel movement.
1340: Detainee asked to eat and was offered the homemade meal. Control entered room
and displayed agitation that detainee was now eating (a rehearsed event).
1400: Lead and detainee engaged in small talk about prayer.
1415: Medical visited detainee regarding constipation. Detainee was offered a
suppository rub but he refused, saying he wanted an oral stool softener.
1440: Detainee asked to use the bathroom and was taken.
1500: Lead began speaking with detainee about prayer and Islam.
1600: Detainee complained of pain in head, and was offered a nap.
1715: Detainee was taken to bathroom.
1725: Interrogators offered to let detainee pray.
1800: SGT B began interrogation by talking about the numerous slip-ups that detainee
has made since returning to Camp X-Ray.
1845: Detainee requested water and drank _ bottle
1900: Detainee used latrine and exercised.
1915: Interrogation team discussed the irony of Usama bin Laden choosing the name Al-
Qaida (The Base) for his organization. Interrogation team took the position that
God and the Koran should be the base and the foundation in everybody’s life.
2000: SGT M took over interrogation. Detainee became very agitated and yelled at
SGT M for about five minutes. Detainee was restrained. SGT M continually
stated that UBL’s mission was unrighteous and misguided and continually asked
detainee who he worked for in Al-Qaida.
2030: Detainee drank water and went to the latrine.
2110: 9/11 Video was played for detainee. He became very agitated and violent. He
tried to kick the DVD player and assault SGT M. MP had to restrain detainee.
SGT M agitated detainee by grasping his shoulder and asking him the following
Who did you work for in Al-Qaida?
What was Al-Qaida doing in America?
2130: Detainee was sent to the restroom, but tried to resist.
2140: Detainee refused stool softener medication.
2145: SGT M initiated the Al-Qaida Falling Apart theme.
2200: SGT B continued with Al-Qaida Falling Apart theme and introduced detainee to
the victims of 9/11. At this point, SGT B was very firm with detainee and took
the moral high ground. SGT B expressed his disgust for detainee and accused
detainee of being “unclean” because of his malicious intentions and desires to kill
innocent men, women, and children. Detainee took great offense to being
accused of being unclean and accused SGT B of not knowing what a harsh word
2245: Detainee went to the latrine and exercised
2300: Detainee took the stool softener medication
2315: SGT M took over the interrogation.
2320: Detainee requested that SGT M stop saying that the Al-Qaida raped the Koran.
He also said, “God is not Al-Qaida and the Koran cannot be raped.”
2325: SGT M read several passages out of the Koran that condemned Al-Qaida.
2342: Detainee spit on SGT M after SGT M said, “This was the reason (referring to the
attacks of September 11) of your miserable existence; to go to the United States
and kill innocent people.” Detainee also accused SGT M of working with the
2350: Detainee proclaimed his innocence
2400: Medical personnel check detainee’s vital signs. Detainee went to sleep.
28 November 2002
0400: SGT R (control) woke detainee up. Detainee drank _ bottle of water, goes to
bathroom and walks. Corpsman checks vitals. Detainee’s feet appear more
swollen than yesterday. Detainee refused aspirin (offered to help reduce
swelling). SGT A (lead) asks detainee about the kicking and spitting incident the
night before. Lead explains how detainee has no control.
0415: Lead begins Al Qaida falling apart theme, goes into pride and ego down.
Detainee was repeatedly shown picture of Bin Al Shibh and asked why Bin Al
Shibh’s life was viewed as being more valuable than his. Detainee told that Bin
Al Shibh was viewed as a future leader. Lead wondered out loud why Bin Al
Shibh is better than detainee, if Saudis are supposed to be better than Yemenis.
Detainee was told he should show Bin Al Shibh respect because he is better than
0530: Lead began asking about detainee’s family and asking what happened in his
household that produced a terrorist. Lead also talked about pictures of 9-11
victims on the wall, focusing on children. Detainee still won’t look at lead.
Detainee was told that if God keeps track of your sins, he would have millions so
he should not be concerned about something as small as looking at a woman.
0615: Detainee told that he would be going to the bathroom. He said he didn’t have to
go, but was told that he would go because we wanted him to.
0630: When control entered booth, detainee stated in English “Excuse me sergeant, I
want to pray.” Control said “Have you earned prayer? I know you have a lot to
ask forgiveness for, but I already told you that you have to earn it.” Detainee says
“Please, I want to pray here” (pointing to floor next to his chair). Control
0635: Detainee placed in swivel chair. As control talked about victims’ pictures on
wall, MPs rolled detainee to each picture. Particular attention was paid to the
children. Control asked “Are these the faces of evil?” Detainee struggled with
MPs during his stay in swivel chair. Detainee gets explanation of use of enima –
0700: Control gives Arabic lesson to detainee. Control writes the Arabic words for
“liar” ,”coward”, and “failure” on the wall. Control asks detainee “are you a liar?
Are you a failure? Are you a coward? Yes you are.” Detainee seemed surprised
at control’s knowledge of Arabic. Control did this in response to detainee’s
earlier use of english. Detainee said nothing during this session but showed
apparent signs of anger toward the theme.
0740: Control takes break. Medical shows up and checks vitals. Detainee takes walk.
Control asks in Arabic “how are you Mohammed?” Detainee responds in arabic
0800: Lead begins session, returning to Al Qaida falling apart. Asks detainee why Bin
Al Shibh is better than him.
1041: After revisiting words written on the wall by control, detainee said (paraphrased)
“You are using those words against me and they are hurting me. There’s no need
to say those things to me. No man would accept those words.”
1125: Detainee awakened.
1150: Interrogation team entered the booth. ENS C (lead), IS1 E (control), and a female
DOD linguist. Lead made small talk about family. Detainee non-responsive.
1205: Took pictures of 9-11 victims down.
1220: Offered water for prayer. At first detainee rejected but then accepted.
1240: Bathroom break.
1300: Subject was given cheeseburger and MRE. He had some worry if the burger was
O.K. for him to eat, he finally decided it was.
1330: Detainee spoke with lead for a period of time but then began whining so lead left.
1400: Taken to bathroom and walked 10 minutes.
1430: Control entered room and started 9-11 theme. Detainee professed his innocence.
Theme was switched to circumstantial evidence.
1500: Detainee asked for bathroom break and was refused as he was using it as a ploy to
1515: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked 10 minutes.
1540: Control re-entered, continued circumstantial evidence, then switched to 9-11.
1645: Detainee requested prayer. He was told it was not time.
1700: Detainee was told it was time for prayer and was offered water. Detainee refused
the water. Detainee was then taken to the bathroom and walked 10 minutes. He
then said he wanted prayer and would drink. He was told that he could have the
water, however the time for prayer had passed.
1750: Detainee exercised and refused food and water. SGT B began interrogation
1840: Detainee refused food and water
1900: Detainee went to the latrine
1945: SGT M took over interrogation
2000: Detainee went to the latrine and drank two bottles of water to avoid get an enema
2020: Detainee exercised by doing knee bends. SGT M implemented SPC P’s
“Mohammad the Slave” theme. Detainee stated that he is God’s slave.
Circumstantial evidence theme.
2100: Detainee exercised and used the latrine
2115: Interrogation team left detainee to watch 9/11 video
2200: SGT M taped pictures of the 9/11 victims on detainee’s body
2305: Detainee proclaimed his innocence and said he would pass a polygraph test.
2230: Detainee went to the latrine
2340: Detainee exercised
2350: Medical check
2400: Detainee drank one bottle of water, used the latrine, and went to bed.
29 November 2002
0400: New linguist assigned to team. SGT R (control) wakes detainee. Corpsman
advises detainee he need to drink three bottles of water of get an enema. After
some resistance, detainee drinks one and a half bottles of water. Detainee walks
for 15 minutes. SGT A (lead) begins approach.
0415: Run Manchester document theme and muslims in America.
0600: Detainee does not ask for anything, but waits for control to enter room and asks to
pray. Drinks one half bottle of water.
0610: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised.
0645: Control begins Arabic lesson. Explains detainee is a student and control is
teacher. Detainee drinks one bottle of water.
0730: Doctor checks detainee. Tells detainee that if detainee doesn’t have a bowel
movement, detainee will get an enema. Doctor says detainee’s feet look better.
0745: Control continues student/teacher approach.
0800: Control asks detainee, “are you a liar?” Detainee replies no. Control, “Then why
did you tell me you’ve never been to the U.S.? Here’s the proof.” Controls
shows circumstantial evidence of visit. Control tells detainee that he will show
detainee how to embrace the truth. Detainee did not say anything else but paid
close attention to control. Control gave commands at random times to stand and
sit. Detainee complied.
0915: Detainee taken to bathroom. Lead begins pride and ego down approach.
1000: Detainee taken to bathroom. Base communication workers arrive to install
command post phone lines, so detainee could not be walked.
1010: Lead resumes approach. Detainee began to fall asleep and was told to stand.
When guard tried to teach detainee where to stand, detainee pushed guard. Other
guards entered room and regained control. Detainee tried to complain, but lead
told detainee that he might as well be speaking an alien language because no one
wants to hear what he says.
1040: Lead laughed at detainee and this seemed to infuriate the detainee. Detainee told
he must realize he has no control.
1100: Detainee used the latrine
1125: 2nd Shift entered the booth. Detainee would not engage in conversation but would
make eye contact.
1200: Detainee prayed, walked, and used latrine
1220: Detainee refused lunch and stated that he was on a food and water strike
1320: Detainee used latrine and checked by medical
1440: Detainee exercised and used latrine. Detainee asked for a nap and was refused.
1500: Interrogators entered the room
1550: Detainee was given the chance to use latrine
1648: Detainee was offered prayer time if he would drink water. Detainee refused water
1650: Detainee used latrine and exercised
1700: Detainee returned to booth
1725: Detainee refused MRE.
1755: Interrogation session ended
1800: Shift 3 began interrogation
1920: Detainee refused food
1935: Detainee used latrine
1940: Detainee exercised
2100: Detainee used latrine
2105: Detainee refused food and water
2145: Detainee exercised
2400: Detainee refused water and was checked by medical personnel. Medical personnel
indicated that detainee is getting very close to being dehydrated. Detainee
complained of being dizzy and having a headache. Detainee went to bed.
30 November 2002
0402: First shift begins. Detainee awakened and sent to bathroom. Corpsman checked
detainees vitals and determined that if the detainee didn’t drink any water he
would need an IV.
0415: Detainee refused water.
0420: Interrogation began with lead running pride and ego down. Enforced control of
0530: Detainee refuses water, IV is started. Detainee offers no resistance.
0540: Detainee taken to bathroom. While in bathroom, “My shame causes me to look at
the floor” was written on the floor in the interrogation booth.
0600: Detainee given another IV bag. Lead suggested the detainee elected this
procedure because he wants people to feel sorry for him. Detainee stated that he
didn’t choose IV. Lead stated that he did because he wasn’t drinking water.
0715: Detainee taken to bathroom.
0740: Interrogator began showing pictures of places in Saudi Arabia informing the
detainee that he will never see these places again. Detainee gave indications he
was near tears, then composed himself.
0830: Interrogator began 9-11 theme. Talked about innocent children victims. Detainee
stated that he didn’t believe the person who wrote the information about the
victims. Detainee made to wear sign that stated “I am going to hell because I am
full of hate”
0915: Detainee taken to bathroom. Detainee received another IV bag. Shown 9-11
video. Detainee protested about the music on the video.
1000: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked. Detainee given another IV bag.
1030: Interrogator continued 9-11 theme with volume turned up high.
1105: First shift ended.
1115: Second shift began.
1140: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised, allowed to wash hands and pray.
1220: Detainee offered food and water. Detainee rejected the MRE and waited until the
lead had started eating to say that he was now ready to eat. The lead did not give
the detainee the MRE because he had rejected the food when it was offered and
would not allow the detainee to manipulate the situation. Detainee then told lead
not to bring food anymore.
1330: Detainee given 1-1/2 hour nap
1500: Detainee woken and taken to bathroom. Detainee was shown video of UBL
laughing about the hijackers not knowing their mission. Detainee recounted cover
story about buying used cars in the U.S. again.
1635: Break. Detainee continued cover story about buying used cars in the U.S. but was
caught denying information he had just spoken about knowing A. T.
1750: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised.
1925: Detainee used the latrine. Third shift started by asserting control over the
detainee by making him exercise.
2020: Detainee refused food and water
2035: Detainee refused water
2040: Medical evaluation determined an enema was necessary.
2045: Detainee received an enema and had his first bowel movement in many days
2100: Detainee exercised.
2200: Detainee ate one complete MRE and drank 1/3 bottle of water
2300: Detainee used latrine
2345: 3rd Shift ended
01 December 2002
0400: Detainee awakened and sent to bathroom. Corpsman checked detainee’s feet for
swelling and wraps feet to avoid irritation from cuffs. Detainee exercised for 10
0420: Detainee eats MRE and drinks water.
0445: Interrogator begins circumstantial evidence theme. Detainee made consistent eye
contact, but did not speak.
0600: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised. Detainee asked guards to pray when
control left the room. Control told detainee that he could not ask anyone other
than the interrogator for anything.
0630: Interrogator continues circumstantial evidence theme.
0745: Detainee stated that he is on strike from food and water again. Corpsman
administers IV. Detainee’s head is restrained by MP to prevent detainee from
biting the IV.
0900: Detainee asked to have IV removed – denied. Detainee given one hour nap.
1000: Detainee taken to bathroom.
1101: Second shift began. Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised.
1115: Interrogation began. Detainee mostly unresponsive during discussion of 9-11
victims. Detainee asked for prayer and was denied since it wasn’t time.
1200: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised. Offered water and prayer time.
Detainee drank one full bottle and prayed.
1240: Detainee ate one MRE and drank one half bottle of water.
1300: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised. Doctor checked vitals – O.K.
1400: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised.
1450: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised.
1615: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked for 10 minutes.
1715: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked for 10 minutes. Detainee drank one
bottle of water and prayed.
1800: Interrogation began. Detainee offered food and water, detainee refused. Detainee
stated that his treatment was making him forget things. Detainee was questioned
about his cover story and continued to deny knowing A. T.
1930: Detainee taken to latrine and exercised. Control started circumstantial evidence
theme centering on the 9-11 hijackers. Detainee stated that if he had been with
that group on that day, he would have been the pilot.
2115: Detainee taken to latrine and exercised. Control started talking about the Koran
and the detainee became angry saying that the interrogator didn’t know anything
about the Koran.
2230: Detainee taken to latrine and exercised. Control compared the Manchester
document to the teachings of the Koran. Detainee remained quiet.
2400: Third shift ended.
02 December 2002
0400: First shift begins. Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised.
0425: Lead began session. Detainee complained that guards were not nice.
0530: Detainee offered water – refused. Lead continued with circumstantial evidence
0630: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised. Control started session with Arabic
lesson and explained how Saudis go to Bahrain for alcohol and prostitutes.
Continues we are in control approach.
0800: Detainee taken to bathroom and offered water.
0900: Detainee woken up and offered MRE – refused.
0910: Lead cleaned detainee’s face and combed hair and beard. Showed 9-11 video.
1000: Lead and control explained that detainee has no control.
1030: Control began “birthday party” and placed party hat on detainee. Detainee
offered birthday cake – refused. Interrogators and guards sing “God bless
America”. Detainee became very angry.
1100: Second shift began. Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised for ten minutes.
1115: Control began talking to detainee to calm him.
1145: Lead enter booth and began talking to detainee. Detainee unresponsive.
1215: Detainee offered water and prayer. Detainee refused. Detainee taken to bathroom
and exercised for ten minutes.
1230: Detainee offered food and declined, then reconsidered and asked to eat. Detainee
ate one MRE after the interrogators decided to allow him to eat if he asked nicely.
1330: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised ten minutes. Detainee unresponsive.
1500: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised ten minutes. Lead runs approach about
holes in cover story.
1600: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised ten minutes. Lead continues approach
and detainee tries to negotiate by saying that he will talk if he is returned to his
brothers in Cuba.
1715: Detainee drank one bottle of water and prayed.
1730: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised.
1800: Third Shift began interrogation with Al-Qaida Falling Apart theme. Detainee ate
one Hostess Cupcake with interrogation team.
1845: SGT M began took over interrogation
1850: Detainee exercised
1940: Detainee ate one full MRE and drank _ bottle of water
1950: SGT B employed Circumstantial Evidence theme.
2010: Detainee exercised
2015: SGT M took over interrogation
2035: Interrogation team took a break
2100: Detainee exercised
2115: Detainee finished exercising
2120: SGT B employed Manchester Document, focusing on the beating and
killing of hostages.
2135: SGT M took over interrogation and employed Futility and Saudi Government Left
2200: Detainee began to tell his cover story again after SGT M questioned asked him
about his future and what it would be like living in jail for the rest of his life.
Detainee had been silent all night; therefore he was allowed to retell certain parts
of his story again. Detainee provided more general information about alleged
contacts in Saudi Arabia. Detainee was evasive about his family and would only
request that Saudi Government ministries be contacted to verify his story.
Detainee appeared nervous when asked if he had connections to Saudi royal
2300: SGT B questioned detainee extensively about his business plan. It became readily
apparent that he knows very little about business and international trade.
2345: SGT M questioned detainee about his family. Detainee was very evasive and
refused to provide anything other than his family’s PO box. BSCT observation
indicated that detainee was lying during entire exchange.
000: Detainee used latrine and went to bed.
03 December 2002
0400: Lead woke detainee up and sent him to the bathroom. Detainee was exercised.
0425: Lead began session with circumstantial evidence theme and “you are a failure”
0615: Detainee drank water and was sent to the bathroom and exercised.
0630: Control began session on circumstantial evidence theme with “you have no
control” approach. Detainee was attentive but unresponsive.
0800: Detainee taken to bathroom. Refused meal stating that he is fasting.
0830: Lead and control started “tell the truth” approach using circumstantial evidence
0930: Interrogators gave class to new MPs in view of detainee stating the resistance
training, clouded thinking, series of mistakes, and attempts to gain control that the
detainee has exhibited. Interrogators ran puppet show satirizing the detainee’s
involvement with Al Qaida.
1040: Detainee was given a nap.
1100: Detainee awakened, taken to the bathroom, and exercised 10 minutes.
1120: 2nd shift interrogation team entered booth, ENS C, (Lead), IS1 E (Control) and a
female DOD linguist. Discussion was aimed at calming detainee down as he was
upset. Detainee was mostly unresponsive.
1210: Detainee given head break and 10 minutes exercise.
1225: Detainee was offered water and refused. He was refused “Salat.”
1235: Detainee offered lunch and refused.
1330: Detainee given head break and 10 minute exercise.
1440: Detainee given head break and 10 minute exercise.
1550: Detainee given head break and 10 minute exercise.
1600: Detainee placed down for nap.
1900: Detainee asked for bathroom break, granted.
2000: Phase 1B begins. Detainee awakened and told he is being taken back to Cuba,
hooded, and loaded into ambulance. Ambulance drove a few feet and detainee
was taken out and into a different interrogation booth. ENS S lead interrogator
with a female DOD linguist. ENS S was in civilian clothes and ran an approach
to plant seeds in the detainee’s mind on how to end the interrogations. The
approach centered around how Al Qaida had destroyed Islam and the detainee’s
life had been spared because it was now his jihad to tell the world about how 9-11
was wrong, and help rebuild Islam.
2040: Detainee hooded and taken to new primary interrogation booth that was decorated
with photos of 9-11 victims, the U.S. flag, flags of coalition forces in the global
war on terrorism, and red lighting. Detainee was subject to loud music for 20
2100: Hood was removed and U.S. National Anthem was played. CAPT W was lead
interrogator with the same female DOD linguist.
2105: Detainee’s head and beard were shaved with electric clippers. Detainee started
resistance when beard was shaved and MPs had to restrain. Shaving was halted
until detainee was once more compliant. LTC P supervised shaving. No
problems occurred. Photos were taken of detainee when the shaving was finished.
2130: CAPT W began bad muslim theme. Detainee said CAPT W was oppressed.
2330: Corpsman checked detainee’s vitals – O.K.
2345: Detainee hooded and walked for 10 minutes.
2400: Detainee taken to different interrogation booth where ENS S began asking
questions about his mission to Orlando. Detainee unresponsive and did not make
04 December 2002
0010: Detainee replied “I don’t know” when asked the question “What is a normal life?”
0100: Detainee offered food and water – refused. Five minutes later detainee said he
wanted to eat. Interrogator continued questioning, the told detainee he could now
eat. Detainee ate one MRE and drank water.
0115: Interrogator resumed session by telling the detainee the “right” way to interrogate
0120: Detainee was told that Usama bin Laden needed bodyguards to protect him from
Islam (interrogator was hinting about the Taqfir without using the word) and that
detainee’s family was also at risk. Detainee seemed either confused or concerned.
0130: Detainee was hooded and taken back to primary interrogation booth. Loud music
was played and the “devil in the smoke” theme was run.
0200: SGT R (lead) and SGT L (control) enter booth. Detainee attempted to gain
control by interrupting lead when the futility approach was started.
0300: Detainee offered food and water – refused. Detainee taken to bathroom and
0320: Lead tells detainee Usama bin Laden is making a whore of Islam. Detainee told
lead that he is “looking for trouble”. “Arrogant Saudi” approach is run. Detainee
was angered by approach.
0400: Cover story is thoroughly mocked. Detainee dislikes theme and states that he will
not talk until he is interrogated the proper way.
0515: “Usama bin Laden as a politician” is discussed. Detainee complains about a
picture of a 9-11 victim being taped to his trousers – received the “I control all”
speech from interrogator.
0615: Detainee told that the truth would get him back to his brothers in Cuba.
0700: Detainee taken to bathroom and put to bed.
1100: Second shift began with IS1 E, SGT A , and a DOD linguist. Detainee was
awakened in old interrogation booth by interrogators.
1130: Detainee was taken to bathroom and walked for 10 minutes. Moved to primary
interrogation booth. Detainee complained that the General had said he should be
returned to Cuba.
1230: Detainee was offered food and ate one MRE and drank one bottle of water.
1300: Detainee was taken to bathroom and walked for 10 minutes – complained of
dizziness when walking.
1315: Corpsman checked vitals – O.K. Christina Aguilera music played. Interrogators
ridiculed detainee by developing creative stories to fill in gaps in detainee’s cover
1410: Doctor checked vitals – O.K.
1415: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked 10 minutes.
1540: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked 10 minutes. Detainee was offered water
– refused. Circumstantial evidence theme ran. Detainee was asked what would
happen to the hijackers souls on judgement day. Detainee responded that all the
people in the towers were infidels.
1710: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked 10 minutes.
1740: Doctor checked vitals and determined that detainee was becoming dehydrated.
Drew blood to check kidney function. Lab results showed the detainee’s kidney
function was normal.
1800: Third shift began with SGT L and SGT M and a DOD linguist. The detainee was
given two IVs by the medic. The detainee began to talk when questioned on why
he was clean shaven in his passport, and his answer was that he was not a good
Muslim at that time. The detainee was bothered by the presence and touch of a
female. Detainee tried to get out of the seat and restraints. Rules have changed
theme was used. No response.
1900: Detainee was offered food and water he refused.
1920: Medical representative removed the IV.
2003: Detainee went to the latrine and was walked, offered food and water refused.
2102: Detainee was taken to the latrine and was walked.
2200: Detainee had not said a word since 2000 hours.
2300: Detainee performed exercise to reduce swelling of hands and feet.
2330: Detainee was taken to the latrine and walked, and on return he began to talk, in
response to him being told that his travel story was weak.
05 December 2002
0001: First shift began. SGT R (lead) and SGT L (control) enter booth with interpreter.
Lead follows up with questioning about detainee’s plane ticket.
0025: Control covers used car part of detainee’s cover story. Detainee complains about
0051: Detainee is exercised and hands are strung loosely above head to reduce swelling
from an earlier IV. Detainee is told to stand to improve circulation.
0100: Detainee is offered water – refused. “Al Qaida falling apart; captured; talking”
theme is run. “Al Qaida used Islam” theme is run.
0300: Detainee is checked and cleared by corpsman. Sent to bathroom and walked.
0330: “What we know” theme was run. Detainee asked to stand up. Was allowed to
stand then told to sit down in order to maintain control.
0400: Detainee was told to stand and loud music was played to keep detainee awake.
Was told he can go to sleep when he tells the truth.
0420: Detainee was given 30 minute nap since he was unable to stay awake during
0450: Control covered detainee’s cover story.
0600: Lead enter booth and told detainee to sit up straight. Detainee would not comply
and MPs sat him upright. Detainee told lead that he would only answer questions
on his cover story, but did not elaborate any further on the story. Lead begins
reclaiming control of session. Detainee is made to stand up and face the
American flag while the national anthem is played. Detainee resists MPs as they
0700: Detainee asks to go to bathroom. Lead tells detainee he must say “please”.
Detainee complies and is taken to bathroom. Detainee asks for prayer – denied.
Lead offers food and water – detainee states he is on strike. Detainee put to bed.
1020: Detainee woke up himself and requested to go to bathroom. Was taken to
bathroom and walked 10 minutes.
1100: Detainee awakened by 2nd shift interrogation team. Ran “Arrogant Saudi”
approach and “Al Qaida destroyed Islam” theme. Detainee unresponsive.
1215: Detainee sent to bathroom and walked for 10 minutes.
1240: Detainee offered food – ate one MRE and drank one bottle of water. A bottle of
water was also left with the detainee for him to sip on during the shift.
Interrogators began “bad muslim” theme. Ran “circumstantial evidence” theme.
1400: Detainee sent to bathroom and walked 10 minutes. Corpsman checked vitals and
changed wraps on ankles. Detainee was O.K. Interrogator began reading from a
book of Koranic prayers. Detainee became agitated and yelled for Allah.
Detainee tried to kick interrogator and MPs held his legs and hands down.
Interrogator began “lonely” theme and detainee lunged at interrogator. MPs
regained control of detainee. Detainee stated that his emotions were making him
behave badly, then started making odd faces. Interrogators told detainee that they
had seen crazy people before and he was not crazy, so detainee stopped making
1545: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked for 10 minutes.
1600: Medical checked vitals – O.K.
1630: Detainee told interrogators that he was in charge now and they would bring him
food and water when he wanted and they would let him sleep when he wanted.
Interrogators established control over detainee by having him alternately sit and
stand. Detainee seemed near crying and was told not to cry on this shift.
1800: Detainee became irritated with the female invading his personal space. He made
several attempts to push her away from him with his back because she was
standing behind him. Detainee spit at SGT M and the DoD linguist because he
was annoyed by the female behind him and they were seated directly in front of
him. Detainee was offered water and food. He did not want water or food.
1900: Detainee was given a latrine break. After the latrine break detainee was exercised
because he had swelling in his hands and feet. During the walking exercise the
detainee attempted to injure two guards. Detainee used all of his body weight
elbowing one guard and then elbowed the other guard. The guards quickly
restrained and secured the detainee to his chair and the interrogation continued.
Detainee was offered water but he quickly denied it. The interrogation continued
with the theme that the Rules have changed.
1945: Detainee finally decided to eat. He did not drink the water that was given to him
with his meal.
2016: Medical representative took vitals of the detainee. She stated that the detainee’s
vitals were normal. The interrogation continued with the theme being Saudi
Government. The detainee was not responsive nor did he appear concerned with
the Saudi Government.
2108: Detainee was taken to the Latrine. He was also offered water but he refused the
2225: Detainee became completely quiet, he would stare into space, and he would
attempt to put his head down but when commanded to raise his head he would
comply. The interrogation continued with the theme of the Manchester
2320: Detainee was escorted to the latrine.
06 December 2002
0001: 1st shift begins. Interrogator talked about Zacarius Mousaui and his capture.
Detainee stated that since Mousaui would’ve been the 20th hijacker, he could not
be. Detainee also stated that if he had been one of the hijackers, he would’ve
gotten into the country. Circumstantial evidence was run. Detainee stated that he
couldn’t have applied for a visa in Riyahd three days after the Orlando incident
because he was in the U.A.E.
0100: Detainee’s vitals are checked – O.K. Interrogators tried to engage detainee in
discussion of falconry. Detainee complained about being asked the same
questions, asked to be taken back to Cuba.
0130: Detainee offered water – refused.
0140: Detainee confronted with evidence of another detainee identifying him at a
safehouse in Kabul. Detainee accused of being a bodyguard.
0230: Detainee sent to bathroom, walked for 20 minutes. Detainee drank one and a half
bottles of water. Corpsman checked vitals – O.K.
0300: Futility approach run. Detainee told this will never end and things will get worse.
0420: Detainee taken to bathroom.
0430: Discussed Saudi royal family and corruption in the middle east with detainee.
Detainee states that corruption should be studied and stopped, can start out small
and grow. Detainee uses analogy about someone smoking, then drinking, then
moving on to drugs. Detainee will not discuss political corruption. Interrogator
told him he must be very angry to do what he did. Detainee replied that he is a
simple man and is not angry.
0530: Corpsman checks detainee’s IV stint. Detainee was asked how he feels about Al
Qaida and replied that he is displeased because they killed innocent people.
0630: Detainee allowed to pray.
0700: Detainee taken to bathroom and put to bed.
1100: Detainee awakened, taken to bathroom, and walked 10 minutes.
1115: Interrogation team entered the booth. Loud music was played that included songs
in Arabic. Detainee complained that it was a violation of Islam to listen to Arabic
1200: Detainee refused a bathroom break and was walked 10 minutes.
1210: Corpsman checked detainee’s vitals – O.K.
1225: Detainee offered food – ate one MRE and drank one bottle of water. Started 9-11
theme. Detainee asked to pray when confronted with photos of child victims and
was denied. Interrogators told detainee he was using religion as a tool to escape
hard questions. “Al Qaida falling apart” theme was started. Detainee was told
God was not with them because He had given detainee to us and helped us defeat
Al Qaida and the Taliban. Detainee declared a hunger strike and said he would
decide when to eat. Interrogators began “we control all” theme.
1400: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked 10 minutes. Corpsman replaced ankle
bandages to prevent chafing from cuffs. Started “Al Qaida used Islam” and “bad
muslim” themes. Detainee said “I will tell the truth” and told the interrogator to
get out some paper. He also said “I am doing this to get out of here”. Detainee
began talking but would not give any information about people other than
himself. Detainee talked about traveling to Afghanistan and meeting UBL who
gave him money and sent him to America. Detainee also talked about his travel
after he was turned away from Orlando.
1600: Detainee allowed to pray after promising to continue cooperating. Detainee asked
for air conditioner to be turned off and asked for blanket – both were given.
1610: Detainee offered water and bathroom break – refused.
1715: Detainee allowed to pray.
1730: Detainee ate an apple. Refused water and bathroom break. Detainee’s story
began to get vague and had many holes where third party involvement should
have happened. Interrogators eventually determined the detainee was veering
away from the truth and closed their shift.
1930: Third shift interrogation team enters the booth. The approaches employed were
Pride and Ego down, Fear Up Harsh, and Invasion of Space by a Female. The
detainee became very violent and irate. Detainee attempted to liberate himself
from the chair in order to get away from the female. He struggled for
approximately forty minutes attempting to move out of the presence of the
2030: Detainee was exercised for approximately fifteen minutes. The Medical
Representative checked the detainee’s blood pressure and weight. She cleared the
detainee for further interrogation. Detainee refused water and food. Interrogation
continued with the theme of Al Qaeda falling apart. The approach that was used
during this phase of the interrogation was pride and ego down with an occasional
fear up harsh if necessary.
2100: Detainee was sent to latrine.
2115: Detainee was offered food and water once again and he refused.
2150: Detainee was given a latrine break. He was offered food and water and he
2230: Again detainee was offered food and water. He refused to eat or drink water.
2320: Detainee stated that he met M. K. in the United Arab Emirate during his travels.
He stated that K. was a businessman, 5’10” tall, Afghani, and in his mid to late
30’s. The interrogation team believed this was a lie and the detainee began to
stare at the wall quietly as SGT M continued to interrogate detainee using the
pride and ego up with a fear up harsh combination.
2340: Medical representative checked the detainee at the request of the Military Police.
07 December 2002
0001: First shift began. Detainee made to stand for the National Anthem. Interrogators
began harsh pride & ego down by poking holes in the new cover story and
outlining the rules he must live by now.
0100: Detainee taken to porch where he can see foraging banana rats and told that he
chose this life with the rats. He is reminded of the good things in life that he
chose to leave behind.
0120: Issues arise between MPs and dog handler. CAPT W talks with all parties and
0320: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked for 10 minutes. Corpsman checks vitals –
0345: Detainee offered food and water – refused. Detainee asked for music to be turned
off. Detainee was asked if he can find the verse in the Koran the prohibits music.
0350: Corpsman checks vitals – detainee refuses Motrin and water. Corpsman asked
detainee if he has dizziness or a headache – detainee says yes. Corpsman explains
it is from lack of water. Vitals show dehydration is beginning. Corpsman calls
0415: Detainee admits story he told interrogators was false. Stated he told the story
because he was under pressure. Detainee was told he chose to be here, and was
given the list of decisions he made that brought him here and was told he needs to
take responsibility for his actions. Detainee was given an IV by corpsman.
Detainee was told that we would not allow him to die.
0515: Detainee offered food and eats peanut butter and crackers. Began “God’s will”
approach. Detainee told Al Qaida chose him because he was expendable.
Interrogators asked detainee how he could stay in Afghanistan and not see any
Taliban personnel. Detainee stated that Taliban people spoke good Arabic.
Interrogators revisited falcon story.
0600: Interrogators revisited the new cover story and poked holes in it.
0700: Detainee taken to bathroom and put to bed.
24 HOUR RECUPERATION STAND-DOWN BEGINS
1100: Detainee awakened, taken to bathroom and walked for 10 minutes. Schedule is
given to MPs to offer water every hour, take detainee to bathroom and walk every
one and a half hours, offer food once per shift, and keep music playing to prevent
detainee from sleeping during stand-down. MPs are instructed not to converse
with detainee except to issue commands. MPs are given log book to log all
2000: Corpsman checks vitals and finds the detainee’s pulse is unusually slow. Doctor
arrives and decides to perform an EKG – leaves to get EKG machine.
2050: Doctor returns and performs EKG. Heartbeat is regular but very slow – 35 bpm.
Doctor consults with another doctor.
2130: Decision is made to take detainee to GTMO hospital to perform a CT scan of the
detainee’s brain to see if there are any irregularities.
2215: Depart to hospital.
2230: Arrive at hospital and begin CT scan.
2330: Doctors review scan and do not find any conclusive evidence of any conditions,
but request the detainee be kept overnight until a radiologist can be flown in to
ensure there are no anomalies. Detainee is placed in isolation ward and hooked
up to monitor heart rhythm.
08 December 2002
Detainee’s electrolytes are checked and corrected. Potassium was slightly below
normal due to not eating. Detainee’s left leg was swollen and an ultrasound was
performed to check for blood clots. No blood clots were detected and the
detainee’s swelling went down naturally. A radiologist was flown in from
Roosevelt Roads and checked the detainee’s CT scan – no anomalies were found.
No unusual heart rhythms were recorded by the monitor during the detainee’s stay
and his heart rate returned to normal naturally. The detainee slept most of the day
09 December 2002
0800: Detainee’s checks are all good. Plans are underway for release in the afternoon.
1800: Detainee is hooded, shackled and restrained in a litter for transport to Camp XRay.
ENS C rides in the ambulance with the detainee and informs him that he has
a choice to make; tell the whole truth and return to his brothers in Cuba or remain
silent and return to X-Ray.
1830: Detainee arrives at Camp X-Ray and is returned to interrogation booth. ENS C
enters booth with detainee and gives a last chance to tell the whole truth.
Detainee is uncooperative and ENS C leaves. CAPT W enters booth and informs
the detainee that he had been medically cleared and only he could make it stop,
otherwise it would get worse.
1900: Detainee was exercised for good health. He was also offered food and water. He
refused the food and water.
2000: Detainee was walked around for improving his circulation and exercise purposes.
He was offered food and water but he refused. He was taken to the latrine but he
refused to use it.
2030: The detainee’s vitals were checked by the medical representative. She stated that
they were normal. The interrogation continued.
2100: Detainee was taken to the latrine. He did not refuse to use it because he stated
that he had to do number two. He refused water and food.
2145: Detainee replied to question that was posed by SGT M. Detainee had been shown
several pictures of little old women that died in the 9/11 terrorist attack. SGT M
asked the detainee what could these little old women do? Were they going to
drop a bomb or fly a plane into the holy city of Mecca? The detainee shook his
head and replied “no”. Later, SGT M asked, do you think the people that are
jumping from the burning building are going to go to heaven or hell. The
detainee replied with I don’t know.
2240: Detainee was exercised for improved circulation, reduction of swelling in feet and
overall good health. Detainee refused water and food.
2340: Detainee was repulsed by the female invasion of his personal space. He made
several attempts to stand up in order to prevent her from entering his personal
space. He attempted to appeal to SGT M but that was not effective. SGT M
continued with fear up harsh until the detainee would give new information but
the detainee continued to give old information so, he was silenced (by the
interrogation team). Detainee refused water. He was sent to the latrine.
10 December 2002
0000: Interrogation team entered the booth and played the national anthem. Detainee
was made to stand and put his hand over his heart. Lead explained rules to
detainee. Ran pride and ego down approach. Played loud music to keep detainee
0230: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked. Corpsman checked vitals – O.K.
0300: Detainee offered food and water – eats crackers, peanut butter, and drinks water
0330: Detainee asked about relationships with women and what his mother would think
of him. Detainee said the Saudi government knew he was innocent. Interrogators
replied that the Saudi government knows he is guilty and that is why he is here.
0400: Lead established control over detainee by instructing him not to speak and
enforcing by playing loud music and yelling. Detainee tried to regain control
several times by starting to talk about his cover story. Detainee was not listened
0530: Detainee was taken to bathroom and walked for 20 minutes.
0600: Futility approach was run. Rules have change theme was run. It can get a lot
worse theme was run. Detainee attempted to talk but was silenced by interrogator
through yelling and loud music. Detainee cursed interrogator and pleaded his
innocence. Circumstantial evidence theme was run. Interrogator turned on the
music and left the booth for the last 20 minutes of the shift, detainee screamed for
the interrogator to come back as he departed the booth.
0700: Detainee was put to bed.
1030: Detainee woke up on his own and requested to go to the bathroom. He was taken
to the bathroom and walked for 10 minutes.
1100: 2nd shift began by waking the detainee to music. Interrogators told detainee how
happy they were that he was back. Detainee was mostly unresponsive.
Reinforced the notion that the detainee would be here a long time.
1215: Detainee was taken to bathroom and walked 10 minutes. Food and water were
offered and the detainee ate one MRE and drank a bottle of water. Interrogators
engaged the detainee in conversation about marriage and dating. Detainee said
that he had a chance to marry but refused. He said that he would like to marry
someday. The detainee then stated that he was having emotional problems and
needed to see a doctor for this. Detainee stated the Jinns had control of his
emotions and only a trained doctor could help him. He stated that he would tell
everything to a doctor in the same way that he had previously stated that he would
tell all if he was taken back to Cuba. Detainee was told he would have to describe
what was wrong before a doctor could be brought in. Detainee became
unresponsive upon hearing this.
1400: Detainee was taken to bathroom and walked 10 minutes. Detainee offered water
– refused. Interrogators covered the resistance techniques he had used and asked
him to perform the “crazy Mohammed” facial expressions again. Detainee began
to cry. Interrogators recounted the “emotional Mohammed” from earlier in the
session and the detainee became stoic again.
1600: Detainee was taken to bathroom and walked 10 minutes.
1615: Offered water to detainee – refused. Loud music was played and the interrogators
began yelling at the detainee. Pride and ego down approach was run. Al Qaida
falling apart theme was used.
1715: Offered water to detainee – refused.
1800: Detainee taken to bathroom and exercised 10 minutes.
1830: Detainee became very annoyed with the female invading his personal space. He
spit on her several times. He tried to push her away using his head. He attempted
to move her chair by using his feet to push her chair away from him. Detainee
was offered water but he refused to drink it.
1930: Detainee was offered water but he refused it. He was taken to the latrine.
Medical Representative weighed detainee and logged detainee’s weight at 119
pounds. He was 123 pounds with the three piece suit.
2000: Detainee ate two cheese filled pretzels and when he was given his meal he
accepted it and began to eat. He devoured all of his MRE.
2030: Detainee was exercised for good circulation and overall good health. He was also
taken to the latrine. He was offered water but he refused.
2140: Detainee was offered water; he refused to take the water. He was taken to the
latrine; he did not use it. He stood at the door and waited until we allowed him to
return to the interrogation booth.
2230: Detainee was taken to bathroom. Detainee urinated on himself as he was being
taken to the latrine. Detainee was allowed to clean himself while in the bathroom.
He was offered water and refused.
2307: Detainee was exercised.
2339: Medical representative took detainee’s pulse rate and vital signs. She said they
were all normal. Detainee was taken to the latrine. He refused water.
11 December 2002
0001: Detainee stood and faced the flag for the national anthem. He showed less
resistance towards facing the flag than on previous days. Both interrogators
began the “pride and ego down approach”. This approach was utilized throughout
the session. The lead (SGT R) gave detainee the rules for the session. 1) no
talking 2) don’t ask for anything 3) face forward 4) no sleeping.
0050: Detainee refused water
0100: Detainee began to cry during pride and ego down. Detainee was reminded that no
one loved, cared or remembered him. He was reminded that he was less than
human and that animals had more freedom and love than he does. He was taken
outside to see a family of banana rats. The banana rats were moving around
freely, playing, eating, showing concern for one another. Detainee was compared
to the family of banana rats and reinforced that they had more love, freedom, and
concern than he had. Detainee began to cry during this comparison.
0202: Detainee refused water. Detainee was walked for 10 minutes. Control (SSG M)
continued “p&e” down approach. Detainee was unresponsive. He appeared to
struggle controlling his anger.
0310: Detainee refused water. Walked for 10 minutes. Used bathroom. Vitals checked by
medic and within normal limits.
0320: Detainee was agitated at music being played in his presence and attempted to
voice his opinion. He was ignored and moved excessively during this time while
seated in the chair with his hands clenched in a fist.
0418: Detainee was offered water; he refused the water. Detainee was offered food; He
refused the food. Detainee was exercised by walking him around to prevent
swelling in his feet. Bandages on legs were replaced with sterile bandages to
0503: Detainee refused water. Control continued the “pride and ego down approach”
using the circumstantial evidence as a theme
0600: Detainee refused water. Detainee was exercised to prevent swelling of his feet.
Control and lead continued P&E down approach.
0700: Detainee vitals taken and are within normal limits. Detainee was sent to bathroom.
Upon return, he began his four hours of rest.
1100: Detainee was awakened, taken to the bathroom and walked 10 minutes.
1115: Interrogation team enter the booth and started talking about how glad they were
that he was back and that they would have a BBQ in his honor. When the
detainee stated that he would not want any of that food, the interrogators told him
that the BBQ wasn’t for him, it was for everyone else. Interrogators talked about
detainee’s loss of freedom. Interrogators held an exorcism to purge the evil Jinns
that he claimed were controlling his emotions. Detainee was more responsive
after the exorcism.
1200: Detainee was taken to bathroom and walked 10 minutes. Detainee was offered
food and water.
1230: Detainee ate one MRE and drank a bottle of water. Interrogators instructed
detainee how to mix up the tea and coffee in the MRE. Detainee was drinking the
coffee and started ignoring the interrogators, so the interrogators took away the
detainee’s coffee. The detainee asked for the coffee back several times in the next
hour. The lead held the coffee in front of the detainee and when the detainee
reached for the coffee, the interrogator poured the coffee on the floor. The
detainee seemed to be mad at the interrogators for the remainder of the shift.
1400: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked for 10 minutes.
1530: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked for 10 minutes. The futility approach was
run. The detainee was allowed to speak to the linguist for five minutes. The
detainee tried to develop rapport with the linguist and the interrogators reentered
the booth and ran the futility approach by telling the detainee the linguist was on
their side. Control began talking in a low sympathetic tone of voice and spoke to
him about his past, present, and possible future. Detainee began to cry. Detainee
asked to sleep in a different room and only be interrogated in the present room.
Control asked why the detainee would make such a request and detainee replied
that control was human. The BSCT observed that the detainee was only trying to
run an approach on the control and gain sympathy.
1700: Detainee taken to bathroom and walked for 10 minutes. The interrogators started
the BBQ outside the interrogation booth and ate in the booth so the detainee could
1800: Detainee refused water and food. He stared at the ground and wall while
humming to himself. The futility approach was run for the entire shift.
1900: Detainee was taken to the latrine. Detainee refused water and food.
1930: An attempt was made to exercise detainee but detainee refused to walk on his
own. He attempted to pray as the guards carried the detainee back to the
interrogation booth. Detainee complained of feeling dizzy as he held his head in
his hands. The medical representative took detainee’s vital signs. They were
normal. The medical representative told the detainee that he had to drink water or
else he will continue to feel dizzy. The detainee was also told that the next step
would be to give him an IV. Detainee still refused to drink water.
1955: Detainee still refuses to drink water or eat some food. Still complaining of being
2000: Latrine break for the detainee. No new information was given by the detainee.
Detainee was told not to talk because he is not giving any new information.
2100: Detainee refused water. Latrine break for the detainee was given.
2120: Medic took vitals and weight. All normal except it may be necessary to give the
detainee several IVs because his vitals although normal at the moment continues
to fall. Medic had warned the detainee that if he doesn’t drink water that he will
be given several IVs in order to replace the fluids that he has lost.
2200: Latrine break for the detainee. Still refusing to drink water.
2245: Detainee still refusing to drink water. Medical representative took the detainee’s
vital signs. They were not good so the detainee was being prepared to receive the
2312: Medical representative had begun to administer the first of three IVs. No new
information was given by the detainee.
12 December 2002
0001: Detainee was subjected to white noise (music) waiting for his IV’s to be
0110: Detainee had his 3rd IV removed. He was exercised to improve the circulation to
his legs. Detainee used restroom. Detainee had vitals checked, which were within
normal limits. Detainee refused water.
0140: Detainee shown video of Taliban Bodies and Die Terrorist Die.
0150: Interrogators gave detainee rules for the evening. 1) No talking. 2) Face forward.
3) Don’t ask for anything. Detainee almost immediately began to speak. The
interrogators screamed at detainee until he stopped. Detainee was reminded of his
worthlessness as a human being. He was reminded of the fact that his standard of
living is less than a Banana rat. While running the Pride and Ego (P/E) down
approach, SSG M showed the bottom of his boot to detainee. Detainee had one of
the longest emotional outbursts seen yet. He went into a fit of rage yelling insults
in English and Arabic to interrogators. He began to move his arms and legs in his
chair as if to want to break away from the shackles and attack. He then began to
make statements about his story. He was cut off and told to think about what he
wanted to say. He was left in the booth for approximately 10 minutes to think
about the statements he wanted to make.
0230: Interrogators returned to the booth and reminded detainee of what he was
supposed to think about in order to go back to his brothers in Cuba. He began to
talk and again introduced going to America, “the land of opportunity,” (Orlando
Florida) to conduct a car business. Detainee was cut off and told that we did not
want to hear this story anymore. P/E down continued.
0300: Detainee was exercised for 10 minutes, used Bathroom and refused water.
0350: Detainee was unable to stay awake. Tried to stand him up to keep him awake but
was unable to stay awake. Detainee was allowed to sleep for 1 hour 10 minutes.
0500: Detainee was woken up exercised for 10 minutes, taken to use bathroom and
declined water and food.
0515: P/E Down continued. Detainee was asked if he could remember when he last he
felt love? When he last laughed? Last felt Happy? When he last felt like he was
worth something? Interrogators compared lifestyle difference between Camp
Delta and Camp X-ray. Camp Delta – Could live in a cell and communicate with
others; could read if he wants to, practice his religion if he wants to; could laugh
with others, could write and receive letters, could sleep when he wants to; drink
when he wants to; move around freely in his cell when he wants to; use the
bathroom when he wants to and at least feel like a human being with normal
Camp X-ray- live in a wooden box with no communications and constantly
reminded of his low level of self worth; unable to laugh and only be laughed at;
unable to write or receive letters; unable to read; unable to choose when he sleeps,
drinks or go to the bathroom; unable to move around freely; unable to practice his
religion when he wants to; unable to feel like a human being; the only feeling he
knows at camp x-ray is the hate he brought with him.
Interrogator told Detainee to think about what he could have at the camp with his
brothers. Detainee listened to Arabic music for 15 minutes before start of rest
0700: Detainee begins 4 hour rest period.
1100: Detainee was awakened, taken to the bathroom, and walked 10 minutes. Coffee
was offered and initially refused. Detainee later accepted coffee and drank one
sip. He said he did not want any but took a sip to not be disrespectful. Covered
rules have changed theme. Discussed prison life in America. Showed bits of the
movie “The Green Mile”. Detainee became unresponsive and the interrogators
interjected that perhaps they needed to perform an exorcism. Detainee became
1215: Detainee was taken to the bathroom and walked 10 minutes. Detainee became
relatively unresponsive again. Interrogators discussed how they had been
relatively nice to him.
1230: Detainee was offered food and ate one MRE and drank about 3 oz water.
Interrogators decided to escalate detainee’s emotions and began ridiculing him.
Detainee became very angry and started to cry. Interrogators instructed the
detainee not to cry.
1400: Detainee was taken to the bathroom and walked 10 minutes. Detainee was
offered water – refused. Interrogators started playing music and asked the
detainee if music offended him. He said it did and the interrogators told him if he
could show them where the Koran said it was a sin to listen to music, they would
turn if off. Detainee said he did not know where it was. Linguist said the Koran
said nothing about listening to music. Detainee said it was in the Hadith, but
could now specify where it was. Began Al Qaida falling apart and Taliban
themes. Detainee was asked why Al Qaida and the Taliban had the resources to
help starving women and children but had done nothing, violating one of the
pillars of islam.
1600: Detainee was taken to the bathroom and walked 10 minutes. Detainee was
offered water – refused.
1615: Corpsman checked vitals – O.K. Bandages around ankles were replaced to
prevent chafing. Detainee was offered water – refused. Interrogators told
detainee that he was not respected because he did not answer questions.
Interrogators asked if the detainee would not or could not answer and told him
that they would respect him as long as his answer was truthful.
1700: Detainee was taken to the bathroom and walked 10 minutes.
1800: Detainee was awakened from a short nap by the interrogation team. Refused
water and food. Latrine break for the detainee.
1830: SGT L started “invasion of personal space” approach. Detainee attempted to free
himself from restrains. Detainee requested of SGT M to have SGT L removed
from the interrogation booth.
1930: Latrine break for the detainee and exercised for circulation purposes. Medical
representative weren’t in Iraq. And Bush himself, since 2003, has repeatedly insisted on one plainly false point: that Saddam rebuffed the U.N. inspectors in 2002, that “he wouldn’t let them in,” as he said in 2003, and “he chose to deny inspectors,” as he said this March.
The facts are that Iraq — after a four-year hiatus in cooperating with inspections — acceded to the U.N. Security Council’s demand and allowed scores of experts to conduct more than 700 inspections of potential weapons sites from Nov. 27, 2002, to March 16, 2003. The inspectors said they could wrap up their work within months. Instead, the U.S. invasion aborted that work.
As recently as May 27, Bush told West Point graduates, “When the United Nations Security Council gave him one final chance to disclose and disarm, or face serious consequences, he refused to take that final opportunity.”
Gitmo Detainee al-Qahtani Interrogation Log
All of them — Bush, Rice, Hoekstra, Santorum, the warmongering nabobs at Fox News – know they are peddling lies. The truth is too glaringly obvious to ignore, even for a pathologically incurious, spoon-fed twit like Bush. But they don’t care. Hanley’s story is one of the very few in the mainstream press to have ever laid out the facts alongside their lies in a calm, straightforward fashion. It’s clear, concise, quietly but utterly devastating – and it won’t make a damn bit of difference.
The Bushists know that a wire story buried on page 16 of the Topeka Capital Journal – or even splashed on the front of the Washington Post – poses no threat to their propaganda machine. They know that the majority of Americans get their “news” from TV – or rather, from glimpses at the scrolling headlines rolling by under the bland, blathering, blow-dried heads of the anchors and the fulminating mugs of the countless hard-right apparatchiks who dominate the screen. The lies will go on – and the corpses will keep piling up, despite the occasional flash of lightning piercing through the dark.
*Corrected since original posting.*