Justice: FBI Flagged Mistreatment of Detainees


FBI agents raised concerns about U.S. interrogators mistreating terror detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay during the three years after Sept. 11 but in some cases were slow to report it, an upcoming Justice Department report concludes.

Additionally, in a few isolated cases, FBI agents did not immediately withdraw when they witnessed harsh treatment of detainees who were being questioned, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the report.

The report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine is expected to be released Tuesday after more than three years in the making. It is certain to fuel debate over whether the Bush administration knowingly allowed the use of interrogation tactics widely defined as illegal forms of torture.

Overall, the report gives the FBI fairly positive marks for repeatedly raising concerns between 2001 and 2004 about interrogation methods at three military prisons: Abu Ghraib in Iraq; in Bagram, Afghanistan; and at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

 


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