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2004-05-27

Pentagon doesn't want you reading the Taguba report



Time Online obtained a copy of an e-mail thread that seems to have been making the rounds at the Pentagon earlier this month. I've reversed the order these top-posters used in adding comments so that the quotes are in chronologically correct order.




-----Original Message-----

From: Information Services Customer Liaison, ISD

Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2004 12:45 PM

To: MLA dd - USD(I) - ALL; MLA dd - NII ALL

Subject: URGENT IT BULLETIN: Tugabe Report (FOUO)

Importance: High



FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY



Fox News and other media outlets are distributing the Tugabe report (spelling is approximate for reasons which will become obvious momentarily). Someone has given the news media classified information and they are distributing it. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS REPORT IS CLASSIFIED. ALL ISD CUSTOMERS SHOULD:



1) NOT GO TO FOX NEWS TO READ OR OBTAIN A COPY

2) NOT comment on this to anyone, friends, family etc.

3) NOT delete the file if you receive it via e-mail, but

4) CALL THE ISD HELPDESK AT 602-2627 IMMEDIATELY



This leakage will be investigated for criminal prosecution. If you don't have the document and have never had legitimate access, please do not complicate the investigative processes by seeking information. Again, THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS REPORT IS CLASSIFIED; DO NOT GO TO FOX NEWS TO READ OR OBTAIN A COPY.




Then someone forwards it without comment to one Daniel Dunn, who in turn forwards it to a presumably wider audience:




From: Dunn, Daniel, CTR, OSD-POLICY

Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2004 10:11 PM

To: MLA POL ALL POLICY

Subject: FW: URGENT IT BULLETIN: Tugabe Report (FOUO)

Importance: High



This applies to all Policy users as well. If you have accessed this document on the Internet, CALL POLICY IT SECURITY IMMEDIATELY!

703-696-0668

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Daniel R. (Dan) Dunn, EE, CISSP, CCSA/CCSE

USD(P) IA Officer

Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Policy

Policy Automation Services Security Team




The name Tugabe'' is an oblique reference to United States Army Major General Antonio Taguba, who conducted an investigation ordered by Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez after a U.S. Army MP discovered digital images of apparent detainee abuse on a CD-ROM in January 2004. The report in question is dated 4 April 2004. Last I knew, neither President Bush, Vice President Cheney nor Secretary Rumsfeld had not yet read it. The report is available here and concludes:




  1. (U) Several US Army Soldiers have committed egregious acts and grave breaches of international law at Abu Ghraib/BCCF and Camp Bucca, Iraq. Furthermore, key senior leaders in both the 800th MP Brigade and the 205th MI Brigade failed to comply with established regulations, policies, and command directives in preventing detainee abuses at Abu Ghraib (BCCF) and at Camp Bucca during the period August 2003 to February 2004.


  2. (U) Approval and implementation of the recommendations of this AR 15-6 Investigation and those highlighted in previous assessments are essential to establish the conditions with the resources and personnel required to prevent future occurrences of detainee abuse.




[Via Declan McCullagh's Politech list.]



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