Pentagon report says female soldiers used sexual tactics against Gitmo detainees

[JURIST] The Washington Post reported Thursday that allegations by Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] detainees that female soldiers at the military base used sexually suggestive tactics during interrogations of detainees have been confirmed by a Pentagon investigation. The women allegedly rubbed their bodies against the men, wore little clothing and touched them provocatively in an effort to obtain information, according to accounts given by eight detainees to their attorneys. The tactics used often violated Muslim morals regarding sex and women. According to the Post report [registration required], isolated incidents of such conduct have come to light in recent weeks [JURIST report], but the most recent allegations and findings suggest more pervasive conduct that was part of interrogations. The Pentagon findings are contained in an as-yet-unreleased report by Navy Inspector General Vice Admiral Albert Church III [official profile], who discussed his investigatory mandate in a Pentagon briefing [DOD transcript] in May 2004. Detainees have previously complained of physical abuse at Guantanamo, but Pentagon officials said that terrorists are trained to make allegations of torture if captured. The Defense Department said any conduct such as that alleged was likely not approved for interrogation of detainees. AFP has more.

 

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